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Special Catalogue of Dahlias 



1914 



Grown and offered by 
HENRY A. DREER, 714 CHESTNUT STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA. 

RIVERTON, RIVERVIEW AND LOCUST FARM NURSERIES, near RIVERTON, N. J. 



The attention of our customers is respectfully called to the following directions, 
which will, if followed, be an aid to purchasers as well as to ourselves: 

ORDER ElARLY — It will greatly facilitate shipments if orders are sent in early; the great majority of 
the Dahlias offered in this catalogue can be supplied in strong dormant field-grown roots, which can be 
sent at any time after Januar}' 1st with perfect safety, and can be kept in the same way as you would 
potatoes until planting time. 

FILLING OF ORDERS — All orders, unless instructed to the contrary, are executed and forwarded 
upon receipt. Customers placing orders for stock to be reserved and sent later will please specify this 
at time of ordering. 

FORWARDING — Dahlia plants and roots can be sent by mail if so desired, but we strongly advise our 
customers to have them sent by express, as larger and finer plants and roots can be sent in this way, 
and ''extras" are added to help defray charges, and wc always ship in this way unless instructed to 
the contrary. 

LOCAL DELIVERY — We deliver goods free in Philadelphia, Germantovvn and Chestnut Hill. We 
also deliver free of charge by Package System (Baggage Master) to all points where this system is in 
operation. 

PACKING — No charge is made for boxes or packing, nor for delivery to T'reight Depots or Express 
Offices in Philadelphia. 

REMITTANCES should be made by Post Office Money Order, Drafts on Philadelphia or New York 
Banks or Express Money Orders. We disclaim all responsibility when remittances are not made as 
above directed. Where it is not possible to obtain these, the letter should be registered. Postage 
stamps will be found a convenient method of remitting for small amounts, and can be used by us to 
advantage. Coin should not be sent by mail. 

CASH WITH ORDER — Please send money with the order sufficient to cover the whole bill. We 
decline sending goods "Collect on Delivery," unless remittances be made on account to guarantee 
acceptance. 

SAFE ARRIVAL OF PACKAGEIS — We endeavor to secure the safe arrival of packages in good 
condition in e\cry case. If a package is injured or lost, by Mail or Express, we will replace it as soon 
as informed of the fact. Frequently it happens that orders never reach us, or are w ithout signature. 
When customers fail to receive their packages in a reasonable time they should inform us, and at the 
same time send a copy of their order and any other information necessary to trace the goods. Com- 
plaints must be made on receipt of goods. 

NAME AND ADDRESS — Please remember to write your Name, Post Office, County and State; 

also give number of street or P. O. Box as distinctly as possible; also the nearest Express Office. 



HENRY A. DREER 
Seeds, Plants and Bulbs 

714 CHESTNUT STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA. 




Reproduced from a Photo of One of the Borders of Our Dahlias at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Seattle , iccg. 

Another season among the Dahlias shows an increased interest in this most important of 
all the late simimer and fall flowers which the most sanguine Dahlia enthusiast did not dare to 
dream of even a few years since. 

Every season a long list of new varieties is introduced by the many American and European 
specialists, all of which, as far as possible, we try out in our own grounds before offering them in 
our catalogue, and the past season has been no exception. Our trial grounds during the past sum- 
mer contained 830 varieties, and from this we selected the 461 varieties which are offered in this 
catalogue; this means that 369 were discarded, or, in other words, that 44 per cent, did not come 
up to the high standard which we require before listing same; all varieties, old or new, must excel 
not only in color, form and size, but also in free-flowering habit, in which every year sees a decided 
and steady advance. 

We believe that to give an adequate idea of the popularity of the Dahlia, as well as the extent to 
which we cultivate same, we can do no better than to give the comments of the leading Philadel- 
phia newspapers in which the Dreer Flower Show is described (see next page), and which was open 
to our friends and patrons from October 4th to October nth, and to which we would merely add 
that our fields during these eight days were visited by more than 10,000 people, every one of whom 
went away well pleased with what was shown. 

It is our intention to repeat this exhibition the coming season, probably from October 3d to 
October roth, and a cordial invitation is extended to every one to pay us a visit. Full particulars as 
to train service, automobile routes, etc., will be furnished on application after September ist. 

We will guarantee that there will be no disappointment unless there is an unusually early frost, 
which in this latitude is unlooked for before the isth of October. The past season we were not 
damaged by frost until October 27th, and in 1912 not until the morning of November 3d. 

All of the Dahlias offered in this catalogue are supplied in strong, dormant field-grown roots, excepting some of the newer 
kinds, which we can only furnish in plant form and which are noted in the catalogue. These plants are ready to send out between 
the middle of April and the first of May. As the season advances our supply of roots of some of the older varieties becomes ex- 
h.^usted, in which case green growing plants are sent instead. These will give equally as good results as dormant roots, flowering 
just as freely, and many experienced planters prefer them, and by the time they are cut by frost in the autumn they will have pro- 
duced strong roots, which can be carried over winter in tlie usual way. 

A Few Cultural Notes. 

One of the most important points in the cultivation of the Dahlia is to select a well-drained position wliere they will receive the 
full benefit of the sun during the greater part of the dav. 

As to soil, they are not at all particular, excepting that in the case of a stiff clay some loose material should be added, such as 
coarse sand, old mortar, or anything which will make the soil loose and friable. The soil must be deeply dug, not less than 18 to 
24 inches, and a liberal amount of suitable plant food incorporated. For this nothing is more satisfactory than well-decayed stable 
manure; but wlieie this cannot be conveniently procured, pure bonemeal, sheep manure or any chemical fertilizer rich in ammonia 
and phosphoric acid will answer. 

The planting of dormant roots in the latitude of Philadelphia may be done at any time between April 25th and June l.")th. 
Green or growing plants must not be set out until all danger of frost is over, say May lOth or 15th. Do not crowd your plants, 
but plant at a distance of not less tlian 2} or 3 feet, and as soon as the shoots appear remove all but two or three of the strongest, 
and these, when about a foot high, should be .secured to stout stakes. 

To produce flowers freely, the plants must never be allowed to become checked or stunted in growth; such conditions frequently 
occur during excessive hot and dry weather. During such ]ieriods the plants should be thoroughly watered and the roots protected 
from the heat by mulching the ground with long strawy manure or any loose material which will keep the soil cool. 

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Comments by the Leading Philadelphia Newspapers on the Dreer Flower Show 



From 2'he Pahlic Ledger. Oct. 5, 1913 

KALEIDOSCOPIC 

PANORAMA FORMED BY 

DREER GARDENS 



Dahlias in Great Profusion and Vari- 
ety Are October Favorites 

Panoramic in expanse— kaleidoscopic in 
variations of color eflfects. Thus may the 
Dreer Flower Gardens at Eiverton, N. 
J., be described with their more than GO 
acres of dahlias, cannas, phlox, scarlet 
sage, asters, late-flowering daisies and 
larkspurs and other hardy perennials. 
The dominant scarlet and orange of the 
cannas interspersed with rich colorings 
of deep maroon and delicate shadings of 
salmon; the soft pink and pure red and 
white of the phlox; the ])ronounced pur- 
ple and crimson and gold of the dahlias, 
with the plots of scarlet sage on tlie 
borders, form a riot of color that is in- 
describable. 

The dahlia is now universally recog- 
nized as the queen of early October flow- 
ers. Perha])s it is because a variety of 
gorgeous colorings in dahlias massed in 
close proximity seem to harmonize as 
they would in no other flower. 

One of the most notable developments 
is the peony dahlia. Twenty-five years 
ago .symmetry was regarded as the thing 
in dahlias. But today peony shapes are 
becoming more and more popidar. One 
reason is that witli their long stems they 
fall into graceful clusters. One of the 
most gorgeous of these peony dahlias is 
the Geisha, with its scarlet and gold pet- 
als measuring from six to eight inches 
across. The Cleopatra, not so fantastic 
in shape and petal arrangement, is equal- 
ly gorgeous in coloring. The Porcupine, 
its petals crimson with white tips, is 
striking and delicate. Other varieties are 
the Mannheim, of a lively rose and sal- 
mon; the Feldberg, pure white, and King 
Leopold, a delicate cream. 

The Twentieth Century is another out- 
growth of these experiments. It is strict- 
ly an American jiroduction. Its petals 
are unique in that thej' number from 10 
to 12 and are broad and open, making 
them unsurpas-scd for decorative purposes. 

Two fantastic varieties are the Cactus 
and the Collerette. The Cactus is retine- 
ment amonj^ dahlias, as suggested by its 
narrow, delicately-formed i)etals. It orig- 
inated from the ^Mexican variety, Juarez, 
introduced about 3i5 years ago. The Col- 
lerette is a more recent introduction from 
France. Its name is derived from an in- 
side row or collar of small petals that 
form a separate and distinct color setting 
of their OAvn. 

The Delice, of the decorative type, is 
the most popular in the Dreer collection. 
Its large, glowing, rose pink petals of 
soft and lively tintings, altogether sug- 
gestive of profusion, make it suitable 
for cutting. 
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From riiUu. Frtss, Oct. 5, 1913 

ACRES OF FLOWERS 

IN THIS EXHIBITION 



Out-door Show at Drear's Gardens, 
in Riverton, Inspiring Spectacle 

All the way across the ferrj' and do-\vn 
to Kiverton you wonder what an out- 
door flower show is going to be and 
whether it's worth the trip. And then 
you arrive — and stoij speculating. 

Ev-erybody has seen vegetables grow- 
ing by the acre, but who has ever 
dreamed of fifty acres of vari-colored 
flame, which upon a near approach re- 
solves itself into rioting dahlias — rows 
and rows of them — colors and colors — 
kinds and kinds — and kinds which you've 
never heard of nor seen before. 

There's the Geisha, flaunting, impu- 
dent, daringly red and yellow, she is. 
with a provocative abundance of petals 
growing helter-skelter. 

Here they all are. The old-fashioned 
kinds our grandmothers grew, light- 
pursed blooms in garnets and whites, 
pinks and j-ellows. The peony flower- 
ed, the cactus, collerette and decorative 
dahlia, each different, and, in compari- 
son with our childhood recollections, 
strange offspring of sedate forebears. 

After you've seen fifty acres- D'our 
recollection of specific kinds is some- 
what jumbled as to names, but you 
don't forget the color nor the immen- 
sity nor the glory of the sight. 

And then the cannas. A big round 
bed in a park is one thing, and fifteen 
acres is another. That's how Dreer's 
grow cannas. Indeed it's on just such 
an immense scale that they do everything 
down there. 

In their aquatic gardens, for instance, 
there are the victorias or royal water 
lilies, one plant having sometimes as 
many as twelve to fifteen leaves each 
41^ to 5% feet across. 

There are rock gardens, vine-grown, 
with alpine plants peeping from the crev- 
ices of the rocks, a bit of nature brought 
from the mountains and acclimatized. 

There are armfuls of roses— blooming 
out of doors— to be gathered. And yet 
this is not supposed to be a rose show, 
that belongs to June. You are told that 
they are not at their best, that they are 
past their prime. You wonder if your 
imagination oould picture their best. 

As a beautiful rest to the eye un- 
trained to such an orgy of blooms, there 
are the belts of phlox— pink and white. 
And the Dreer collection of perennials 
is the largest in the United States. Go 
see. You'll believe it then. It began 
Saturday, the fourth, and will close on 
Saturdav next. 



From Pliilu. Inquirer, Oct. 7, 1913 

ACRES OF DAHLIAS FORM 

RIOT OF COLOR 



Dreer Gardens at Riverton Present 
Rare and Brilliant Spectacle — 

Visitors Galore 

That the works of nature have been 
greatly improved upon by the hand of 
man, is being clearly shown this week 
to the thousands who are visiting the 
Dreer Flower Gardens at Riverton, X. 
J., with their more than sixty acres 
of dahlias, forming a great riot of color 
and beauty over the expanse of ground, 
and a spectacle to Riverton that has not 
been matched for years. 

Numerous plots of cannas, phlox, sear- 
let sage, asters, late flowering daisies and 
other hardy perennials, intenvoven with 
the gorgeous dahlias of the mo.-^t im- 
proved forms, present one of the greatest 
shows of its kind ever seen in the 
countrj\ The scarlet and orange of the 
cannas, with the deep maroon and deli- 
cate shadings of salmon, the pink, red 
and white of the iililox. the purple and 
gold and crimson of the dahlias in the 
scarlet sage scattered between, form a 
sight that is indescribable. The flowers 
embrace not only the cream of the old, 
well-tried standard types, but also the 
newest introductions gathered together 
from the many specialists of all coun- 
tries. 

The most popular dahlia in the Dreer 
collection is the Perle de Lyon, the most 
valuable white flower grown, of good 
size, held erect on long graceful stems. 
The Delice, of the same type, with its 
large, glowing, lose pink petals, is rap- 
idly increasing in favor. 

The Cactus suggests refinement among 
dahlias by its narrow delicately formed 
lietals. It was introduced from ilexico 
thirty-five years ago. The Sunshine, of 
the Cactus variety, forms one of the 
latests introductions in the world of 
dahlias. 

The Collerette, a recent introduction 
from France, so called because of an in- 
side row or collar, of small petals, has 
attracted much attention at the farms. 

The beauty of the gardens, with its 
fields of color and its aquatic sections in 
which flourish masses of water lilies, has 
attracted more than 1500 persons since 
the exhibition was opened on Saturday. 
The exhibition will close on Saturday 
evening, if the flowers are not damaged 
bv frost before that time. 



Comments by the Leading Philadelphia Newspapers on the Dreer Flower Show 



From The North American, Oct. 5, 1913 

50 ACRES OF DAHLIAS 

PART OF FLOWER SHOW 



Outdoor Exhibition Held by the 

Henry A. Dreer Company at 

Riverton 

000,000 Phlox Plants 

Seven hundred varieties of roses, 800 
varieties of dahlias and 000,000 plants of 
different varieties of phlox were some of 
the attractions offered visitors yesterday 
to the nurseries of the Henry A. Dreer 
Company, at Riverton, N. J. 

Flower lovers critically examined and 
compared the latest novelties in dahlias 
cannas, phlox and other fall-blossoming 
flowers, with the sorts that have been 
popular for years, presenting an oppor- 
tunity to inspect the flowers growing out 
of doors, under conditions which exist in 
their own gardens. 

Fifty arces were devoted to dahlias 
alone, including decorative, .single, dou- 
ble, cactus and pompon varieties of the 
newest American and European creations 
in every type. "Kalif," a novelty wliich 
is just bemg introduced by the Dreer 
Company in this counttry, is a peculiar 
brick red in color, the flower measuring 
eleven inches in diameter when in full 
bloom. 

From Germany comes a decided coral 
dahlia known as ''Wolfgang von Goethe." 
"Geisha," as its name imijlies, is a com- 
bination of oriental coloring of red and 
yellow, having a curly jjetal which meas- 
ures fullj' six inches in length. 

Among the perennials the different va- 
rieties of delphinium were by far the 
most wonderful. 

A most unusual plant, and one which 
might be known a.* a blue scarlet sage, or 
"Salvia Pitcheri." to give it the real 
name, attracted a good deal of comment. 

This is the first time in the histoiy of 
floriculture in this country that an 
outdoor .show of fall blooming flowers 
has ever been held, and so successful was 
the unique experiment that the Henry A. 
Dreer Company intends to continue it 
from year to year. The present show 
will continue throughout the week, until 
next Saturday. Guides will welcome the 
visitors and give any information desired. 



From The Evening Telegraph, Oct. 6, 191 ; 

THOUSANDS FLOCK TO 

DREER FLOWER SHOW 

Nurseries at Riverton, Riverview and 

Locust Farm an Endless 

Panorama of Color 

Trains for Riverton, X. J., today car- 
ried many flower lovers en route for 
the annual outdoor fall flower show at 
the three nurseries of the Henry A. 
Dreer Company, at Riverton, Riverview 
and Locust Farm. 

The show, which began last Saturday 
and will conclude next Saturday, is for 
the purpose of affording an opportunity 
to view the latest novelties in dahlias, 
cannas, phlox and other fall blossom- 
ing flowers growing out of doors, un- 
der the same conditions as apply to in- 
dividual gardens. There were also hun- 
dreds of the well-established and al- 
ready popular varieties as well, giving 
ample chance for study and comparison. 

Coaches were waiting at Riverton sta- 
tion to take the visitors arotmd the 
several nurseries, which are about a mile 
apart. 

As the train approached Riverton the 
passengers crowded to one side to 
catch the first glimpse of the acre upon 
acre of loveliness. All of the late flow- 
ering sorts of hardy perennials are in 
full bloom, the beds, arranged color by 
color, forming a beautiful ensemble. 

Here also are the Rock Gardens, 
dainty bits of horticultural art. Another 
much admired feature of the Riverton 
display was the magnificent collection 
of water lilies and aquatics, as a matter 
of fact the onlv real pond of tropical 
aquatics in the country. 

Again, as the prpcession of coaches 
approached Riverview, the scene was 
one of surpassing beauty. Fifty acres of 
dahlias in full bloom, comi)rising more 
than 800 varieties, spread out before 
the eyes of the visitors, and fifteen acres 
of cannas, the largest disjjlay of these 
flowers in the world, caused a burst of 
enthusiastic admiration at the gorgeous 
mingling of gold and scarlet and pink 
and bronze in massive stripes of color, 
as though the brush of a mighty artist 
had swept across the landscape. 

At Locust Farm are the phloxes — 
more than half a million of them. In 
fact, so many new and beautiful varie- 
ties of all the flowers are nodding to the 
sun at tlie three nurseries that to men- 
tion any of them seems like an injustice 
to the many which would have to re- 
main tmmentioned for pure lack of 
sjiace. 

Any one of the new varieties of dah- 
lias, cannas or phlox is well worth a 
visit, and a visit at this particular time 
is really part of a floral education. 



From PJula. Record, Oct. 5, 1913 

RARE SHOW OF FALL BLOOMS 



Outdoor Display at Dreer Nurseries 
a Riot of Rich Colors 

The first outdoor show of fall bloom- 
ing flowers ever held in this country is 
in progress at the Henry A. Dreer Com- 
pany's nurseries in Riverton, Riverview 
and Locust Fai-ms, N. J., where there 
is a most riemarkable displa}-, covering 
more than 00 acres of brilliant colors 
and beautiful designs. Thousands of 
dahlias, cannas, phlox, scarlet sage, 
astera and other hardy perennials are 
now in full bloom, and the result is a 
riot of color that charm all fortunate 
enough to get within sight of this 
unique panorama. The show opened 
last Saturday and will continue all this 
week. 

The dahlia is now universally recog- 
nized as the queen of early October 
flowers. In the last few years the 
dahlia's popularity has grown so rapidly 
that gardeners have almost doubled their 
acreage and have introduced many new 
and fantastic varieties. 

One of the most notable of these de- 
velopments is the peony dahlia. One of 
the most gorgeous of these is the Geisha, 
\\\i\\ its scarlet and gold petals measur- 
ing from six to eight inches across. The 
Cleopatra, smaller and not so fantastic 
in shape and petal arrangement, is equal- 
ly gorgeous in coloring. 

The Twentieth Century dahlia is an- 
other outgrowth of these experiments. 
It is strictly an American production. 
Its petals are unique in that they num- 
ber from 10 to 12 and are broad and 
open, making them unsuqiassed for dec- 
orative purposes. 

Two fantastic varieties are the Cactus 
and the Collerette. The Cactus is re- 
finement among dahlias, as suggested by 
its narrow, delicately-formed petals. It 
originated from the ^lexican variety, 
.luarez. introduced aboi^t 'Vr< year.* ago. 
The Collerette is a more recent introduc- 
tion from France. Its name is derived 
from an inside row or collar of small 
petals that form a separate and distinct 

color setting of their own. 

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A Partial Vikw of the Isdook Portion of our Dahlia Exhibition, October, 1913. 

PRIZES TO BE AWARDED AT THE 

DREER FLOWER SHOW 

to be held at our Nurseries, Riverton, New Jersey 

OCTOBER 3d TO loth, 1914 

Flowers must l)e sent so as to reacli our Xursery not later than the morning- of October 6th, and 
must be staged by one o'clock that day. 

Disinterested competent judges will make the awards. 
Competition open to all. 

NEW COLOSSAL CACTUS DAHLIA, KALIF. Offered on page 8. 

For the best one flower — First prize, $10.00; second ])rize, .'r'o.OO. 

XEW COLOSSAL CACTIS DAHLIA, XIBELUXGENHORT. 

Offered on page 8. 

For the hast one flower — First prize, $5.00; second pri/f, $0.00. 

NEW DECORATIVE DAHLIA, HORTl'LAISrS FIET. Offered on page 19. 

For the best one flower — I-'irst prize, $5.00; second prize, $3.00. 

NEW CACTUS DAHLIA, RHEINISCHER FROHSINN. Offered on page 12. 

For the best one flower — First prize, $5.00; second prize, $3.00. 

DREER'S GIANT CACTUS DAHLIAS. 
NERTHUS, WODAN AND W OLFGANG VON GCETHE. Offered on page 8. 

For the V)est one flower each of the above three sorts — First prize, $5.00; second prize, $3.00. 

DREER'S COLLERETTE DAHLIAS. 

For the best vase of 12 flowers, of one or more varieties, offered on page 22 — First prize, $5.00; second ])rize, $3.00. 

PRICES ON DAHLIAS IN QUANTITY. 

We will supply any of the varieties offered in this catalogue 

Priced at 15 cts, each for $]..50 per doz, ; $10.00 per 100. 



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SPECIAL DAHLIA CATALOGUE 




MARGUETaTE 
BoUCHljN. 



"Diamond Anniversary^Collection of Cactus Dahlias 

After another season's test we can fully endorse our last year's description of tliis fine collection, ps follows: " Six perfect gems 
which we have selected from our extensive collection to place in a class by themselves on account of their beautiful colors, form 
and freedom of bloom. They have been a feature in our fields during the past two years; have been admired by every visitor, 
and we offer them with the full assurance that our patrons will be as well pleased with them as we are." 



/ Galathea. A medium-sized flower of splendid form, especially 
appreciated on account of its delicate color, which is an even, 
tender soft pink. 50 cts. each. 

y Mrs. Henry R. Wirth. We have, for many years, recom- 
mended Countess of Lonsdale as the Dahlia for the million, 
on account of its free-flowering habit and the fact that every 
flower which it produces is perfect. We have in Mrs. Wirth 
a splendid companion, it being the first Cactus variety in our 
fields to flower and continues covered with perfect flowers until 
the end of the season. It is an intense, rich, glowing, fiery 
scarlet in color. .jO cts. each. 

/ Marguerite Bouchon. We have no hesitancy in saying that 
this is the most beautiful Cactus Dahlia yet introduced. It is 
of absolutely perfect form; every flower on a good stem well 
above the foliage; color a magnificent shade of brilliant, yet 
soft rose, with verv large w-hite centre and distinctly defined 
white tips. 75 cts. each. 



''^ Mons. Sexe. Flowers of perfect form, about four inches in 
diameter and of a rich oriental-red, which is tipped and more 
or less marked and suffused with old-gold. Splendid for 
garden decoration. 3o cts. each. 

I Thais. The rather broad petals, which are loosely arranged, 
make up an informally shaped flower which, on account of its 
color, a pure while with a soft mauve suflusion which is depos- 
ited over the snowy petals like a dew, makes it one of the 
most delicately colored sorts which we have yet offered. 75 
cents, each. 

i Tricolor. Everybody likes Tricolor on account of its distinct 
and beautiful medley of colors. The ground is buttercu] - 
yellow, with a blotch of scarlet on each petal, and as the 
flower matures the end of each petal becomes suffused witli 
rosy-white, forming a jjretty tri-colored combination. 50 cts. 
each. 



One each of the six "Diamond Anniversary" sorts for $3.00 




Tricolor. 



Galathka. 



MiiNs. Sexe. 



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HENRY A. DREER, PHILADELPHIA 



NEW AMERICAN DAHLIAS 

OF OUR OWN INTRODUCTION 

We take pleasure in staling that this collection of eight 
new American Dahlias which we first offered in a limited 
way last year, after another season's trial, has proven to 
be even better than we promised. 

The collection consists of a selection made out of some 
sixty new varieties; sorts which were submitted to us for 
trial by different raisers of seedlings and of which we ac- 
quired the entire stocks. They have proven valuable 
additions in their respective types and colors, and all 
were greatly admired in our fields, trial grounds and 
exhibits during the past season. 

All are exceptionally free-flowering. The masses 
of flowers which they produce and their desirable 
habit of growth make them most valuable for garden 
decoration, and at the same time each one will be 
found desirable for cutting purposes. 

\ New American 

^ Decorative Dahlia Easton 

Not an extra large 
flower, but a variety 
which, on account of its 
brilliant color, good form 
and remarkable free- flow- 
ering habit, is certain to 
become a standard, both as 
a cut flower as well as for 
garden decoration; in color 
it is a brilliant Turkish or 
Oriental red. 35 cts. each; 
$3. -50 per doz. 




New American 

Decorative Dahlia 

Eventide 



A splendid flower of per- 
fect form, on long, sfiflT 
stems, which for all pur- 
I)oses may be termed a white 
Dahlia, there being but the 
fiintest flush of delicate rose 
on the edge of the flower, which seems to intensify 
its luiiene.'-s. 35 cts. each; fS.oO per doz. 

New American Cactus Dahlia 
General J. B. Seth 

A rich, gorgeous Dahlia of a brilliant scarlet, with 
orange-scarlet shadings, of perfect form, held well above 
the foliage on stiff stems; this variety has been a glow 
of color until the end of the season. .50 cts. each; $5.00 
per doz. 



SPECIAL DAHLIA CATALOGUE 




New American Dahlias 

Continued 

New Decorative Dahlia Isabelle M. 
Hall or white Mrs. Roosevelt 

A seedling of Mrs. Roosevelt, ol which it is a 
counterpart in every way excepting in color, 
whicl) is white, witli ju^t a laint tint or hue of 
flesh color; a beautiful Dahlia in every way; 
large, full centre and freely produced, and 
we believe it will be more sought after 
than its parent, which is one of the most 
popular varieties to-day. Plants ready 
April 15th, $1.00 each. 

New Show Dahlia 

Misg Minnie Vosburg 

Tlie freest-flowering 
white show variety yet in- 
troduced, coming into bloom 
early and continuing of good 
quality to the end of the sea- 
son. The flowers ordinarily 
are of about the same size as 
John Walker when well 
grown, being perfect white 
balls, always having a good, 
full centre. 25 cts. each; 
$2.50 per dozen. 



New 
.Decorative Dahlia 
^ Mrs. Furbush 

The best dark variety, a rich purplish-garnet with maroon 
shadings; flowers of good size and form, on .stiff, wiry stems; 
an early, free and continuous bloomer. 35 cts. each; $3.50 
per dozen. 

1 New Giant Cactus Dahlia Nancy Mae 

Another valuable red variety, an intense scarlet with ma- 
roon shadings; flowers absolutely perfect, borne on stiff", 
wiry stems; very free; an ideal cut flower. 75 cts. each; 
$7.50 per dozen. 

^ New Decorative Dahlia Paul Bonyon 

The so-called autumn tints in Dahlias are always sought 
after. In Paul Bonyon we have one of the most desirable 
of this class; a beautiful salmon-pink, with a luminous 
golden sheen. The flowers are large, perfect in shape 
and very freely produced on long stems. Plants ready 
April 15th, 50 cts. each. 

We will supply one each of the 8 New American Dahlias for $3.50 




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Colossal Cactus Dahlia 
Etendard de Lyon 



FOUR NEW COLOSSAL 
CACTUS DAHLIAS 

If you are looking for something "really stun- 
ning" in Dahlias, the four sorts ofifered below 
are sure to more than measure up to 
your expectations. Any attempted de- 
scription seems to fall short of doing 
them justice. They surely must be 
seen to be appreciated. We illustrate 
f Kalif on the front cover and Nibelun- 
geiihort on the back cover of this cata- 
logue. 
y 

ETEXDARD 

DE EYON. 

Even the person who classes all 
^ shades of purple as so-called malignant ma- 
gentas stops to admire this beautiful carmine- 
rose new giant, which we consider one of the 
most distinct varieties for garden decoration^ 
The flowers are of a hybrid-cactus type, distinct in shape 
from all others; the petals are broad, curled and wavy 
and form a flower fully 6 inches in diameter and 4 inches 
deep, a very large fJower, yet without any stiffness or formality; its color 
is a rich carmine-rose, with a brilliant suffusion difficult to describe. Plants 
ready after April loth. 7o cts. each. 



KAI^IE. 



A truly majestic flower, frequently measuring 8 to 9 inches in 
diameter, of perfect Cactus form, in color a pure scarlet. The 
haljit of the plant is all that can be desired, growing, with us, 
about 4.] feet high; the gigantic flowers, which are produced 
very freely, are held erect on strong, stiff" stems, making it a 
most effective and useful variety for cutting as well as for garden 
decoration. Kalif is of German origin, and is the first variety 
that has had the distinction of receiving the National German 
Dahlia Society's highest award — a silver medal. Illustrated on 
the front cover of this catalogue. Plants ready after April 1.5th. 
$2.50 each. 

We oflier a prize of $10.00 for the best one flower of Kalif 
shown at the annual meeting of the New England Dahlia So- 
ciety, summer of 1914. 

We will supply one plant each of the 



ISIBEEUNGENHORT. 



This is another distinct introduction which has been greatly 
admired, with flowers from 7 lo 8 inches across, composed of 
rather broad, more or less curled and twisted [letals of a beauti- 
ful shade of old-rose with golden-apricot suffusion. Very free- 
flowering on long stems; a fine cut flower. Illustrated on the 
back cover of this catalogue. Plants ready after April 1.5th. 
$1.50 each. 



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Y^^AEKURE. 



A seedling of Vater Rhein, with the strong, vigorous, free- 
flowering habit of its parent, flowers frequently measuring 7 
inches across. These are of sulphur-yellow, deepening to a 
luminous golden-yellow at the centre. Plants ready after April 
loth. $1.. 50 each, 
ibove Four New Colossals for $5.00. 



Dreer's Giant Cactus Dahlias. 

This splendid type arrests the attention of every visitor, and is now included in the collections of almost all Dahlia connoisseurs. 
To bring them prominently to the attention of our customers we illustrate three of them on the plate opposite. Not only are the 
flowers of very large size, distinct and unique in form, but the habit of the plants is also very vigorous, growing with us about 5 
feet high and very free-flowering, and they should l)e included in all colleclions. 






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y Nerthus. The centre of the flower is a rich, glowing, bronzy, 
V\ orange-yellow, passing to a carmine-rose at the tips, the whole 
suff'used with a glowing golden color, which gives it an iri- 
descence which it is not possible to describe. (Illustrated on 
plate opi)osite. ) 
Rheingau. -A. large, bold and most effective brilliant scarlet 
variety, raised well above the foliage on strong, stiff" stems; 
splendid for cutting and for garden decoration. While it fre- 
quently shows an open centre, this rather adds to its attract- 
iveness, and in this form it might correctly be classed as a 
hybrid Pseony- flowered type. 
Rheinkonig. Pure snow-white flowers of splendid form, 5 
inches and over in diameter. These are of great substance, 
lasting s|)lendidly when cut; they are borne on long, stiff" 
stems held well above the foliage, making it as valuable for 
garden decoration as for cutting. 
Price 



Vater Rheln. Flowers frequently 7 inches in diameter, 
. raised well above the foliage on stout stems; the petals are 
r~-broad, curled and twisted, forming an ideal flower, the color 
of which is yellow, suff"used with salmon-rose; a beautiful, at- 
tractive and imposing flower. 

Wodan. Bold, large, but not coarse flower, frequently 7 
inches in diameter, a graceful arrangement of semi-incurved 
tubular petals of a pleasing, delicate salmon-rose color, shad- 
ing to old-gold in the centre. (Illustrated on plate opjiosite.) 



Wolfgang von Goethe. Large, gracefully-arranged, per- 
, feet flowers of a rich apricot, with carmine shadings. (Illus- 
trated on plate opposite.) 
35 cts. each; .$3.50 per doz. ; §25.00 per 100. The set of 6 varieties for $2.00, or the three 
illustrated on plate opposite for $1.00. 



We offer on page 4 a number of Prizes for the best flowers of the above Dahlias to be exhibited in October. 




Ihree or 

DREER'S 

(jiant Cactus 

DAHLIAS, 

35cts. eacFi : Je t o/3for^C ■ 



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HENRY A. DREER, PHILADELPHIA 



NEW CACTUS DAHLIAS 
for 1914 



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delicate sal 




New Cactus Dahlia, 
Dk. Roy Appletoh. 



We offer on this and the following two [Jages the best of the newest 
introductions of the world's most noted Dahlia specialists. 
i/ Aennchen Von I'harau. Very dwrrf, rarely exceeding 2 feet 

in height, very free-flowering; a soft saffron-yellow, 

shading to a chrome-yellow centre. 
Barmen. Brilliant carmine-rose with yellow suffusion 

at liase, long narrow petals. 75 cts. each. 
Brisbane. Very large flowers of very good form, of a 

bright orange-scarlet. Plants ready April 1.5th. 
y^ Castor. Long narrow petals, incurved, color velvety-pur- 

|)le shaded black, sometimes veined violet. 75 cts. each; 
Comtessede Flandre. Alarge primrose-yellow ^ 

with deeplycleftor bifurcated ))etals. 75cts.each. 
Crystal. A splendid exhibition flower of very 

large size and fine form; long twisted and in- 
curved tubular petals of a tender silvery-pink 

shad.ng to ivory-white in the centre. Plants 

ready April 15th. $1.50 each. 
Dora. A fine large flower, of a luminous reddish- 
salmon, deepening to the centre; long petals, 

good cactus form. Plants ready April 15th. 
y/Or. Roy Appleton. Long, narrow thread-like 

petals, very regularly arranged, radiating star 

like. A fine exhibition flower; color 

mon-pink. Plants ready April 15lh. 

v^ Duchesse de Chartres. Very large flowers of in- 
curved form, petals sulphur-yellow at the base, passing /'- 
progressively to heliotrope-rose and carmine-rose at ^ - 
the extremities, which are tipped with yellow. 75 cts. 
each. 
./Duchess of Marlboro. This beautiful variety for h.ibit of 
growth, freedom of bloom, with every flower coming perfect, 
is in the same class as Countess of Lonsdale, but of far more 
refined form and more pleasing color, it being of a beautiful tint of solferino, 
backed by a sunshine-like golden suffusion at the, base of the petals. A 
Dahlia which will please every amateur as well as the grower of exhil)ition 
flowers. Plants ready ApriliSth. Jil.OO each. 

■/Elolse Crozy. One of the most distinct colors of this season's cactus varieties, a lively, 

yet most delicate rose-pink. The flowers, which are of good size, are composed of 

long, incurving, tubular petals, and are supported on good stiff 

stems. Plants ready April loth. 75 cts. each. 
Empress. A great exhibition flower of beautiful form and 
arge size, with long, tubular, incurved petals of a most 

pleasing tint of tyrian-rose. Plants ready April 15th. 
Enchantress. A large flower with long, spreading, curl- 
ing petals of a most attractive color — yellow at the base, 
shading off to amber and salmon at the tips. 
/Esther. A good-shaped, free-flowering solferino-red on 
good stems. Plants ready April 15th. 
/ Etoile de France. A dainty little flower, 
about three inches in diameter, of a soft rosy- 
lilac with lighter tips; good stems for cutting, 
very free-flowering. Plants ready April loth. 

Fetiche. Centre of flower pale yellow, gradu- 
ally passing to a delicate mauve on the edges; 
flowers large, comjiosed of long, incurved and 
twisted petals. 

y F. Graham. Very large flowers, the centre a beau- 
tiful glowing golden shade, which gradually passes 
to a deep salmon-rose, an effective color com- 
)ination. While this variety frequently shows 
an (-pen centre, it is very attractive even in that 
foini. Plants ready Apiil 15th. 

Florence Nighting;ale. Bright scarlet of large size; a good ex- 
hibition flower. 
Ferd. Cayeux. The finest dark Cactus yet introduced. Flowers of good 
size, with long, thread-like petals; color mahogany with red and black shad- 
"ng, a rich, distinct and desirable color. Plants ready April 15th. 75 cts. each. 

Price. Any of the above, except where noted, 50 cts. each; $5.00 per doz. 




New Cactus Dahlia, 
Crystal. 



SPECIAL DAHLIA CATALOGUE 



11 



NEW CACTUS DAHLIAS 
for 1914 



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(Continued) 



Flagstaff. Rich carmine, tipped rosy mauve wilh 
yellow centre. 

t' Gluckskind. One of the very free-flowering varie- 
ties. A delicate soft pink with salmon suffusion; 
good stems, fine for cutting. Plants ready 
April 15th. 

Golden Plover, A splendid exhibition flower ' 
of neat and most precise incurved form, of a 
soft tint of lemon-yellow, the reverse of the 
petals tinted rose. Plants ready April 1.5lh. 

Hildegard Kusell. Medium-sized flowers of 
good Cactus form of an effective salmon-old- — 
rose color. Plants ready April 1.5th. 

Irresistible. Very large exhibition flower of 
incurved form of a salmon-rose suff"used with 
yellow. 

Jacqueline Quillot. Delicate rose-tinted white with bifur- 
cated petals. t^ — 
k' Janet. i^arge, loosely incurved flowers of a reddish old-rose 
with golden suffusion at the base of the petals. 

/ Jeanne Hardy. A dainty, almost globular flower about 
four inches in diameter and of most perfect form. Color a 
rich, French purple with vinous-red suffusion, the reverse 
of the tubular petals is a silvery-rose showing only at the 
open points in such manner as to give the fiower a bicolor or 
tipped appearance. Plants ready April 1.5th. 




New C'AcTrs Dahlia Mime. Esche.s'auer. 



75 cts. each. 







New Cactus Dahlia 
Duchess of Marlboro 
Offered on opposite page 



Kingfisher. In color a distinct pure lilac with lighter disc 

aruund the centre. Large regularly incurved flowers. 

^LiegnitZ. One of the broad petaled Hybrid Cactus of very 

^ perfect form and of large size of a distinct deep shade of 

J ^ cerise brightening toward the centre. Plants ready April 

I'th. 

/ Louis Chauvet. A distinct fancy with rather broad petals, 
the outer ones being white, edged with crimson-carmine; 
towards the centre the petals are of a luminous carmine 
bordered or edged with rich garnet. Plants ready April 
loth. 

Lune de niel. Sulphur-amber at the base of the pet- 
als, which at the tips are delicately shaded 
with bright rose. 

M. Inman. A brilliant fire-red wilh long, nar- 
row tubular petals and good, large flowers. 

Miss Hills. Of good, moderately incurved form 
with neatly arranged petals. In color a com- 
bination of reddish-bronze overlaid on yellow, 
tinted peach on the tips. 

Mile. Celine Henry=Couannier. Medium 
size, full, double, very regularly formed flow- 
ers, ofa rich, luminous crimson- carmine, ^'ery 
fine. Plants ready April 15th. $1.00 each. 
' Mme. Eschenauer. One of the earliest and 
freest flowering Cactus varieties in our collection, 
of a creamy-white delicately sufl'used with 
mauve-pink. A well-shaped, splendid cut- 
flower held erect on good, stiff stems. A Dahlia that 
pleases everyone. Plants ready Aj^il 15th. $1.00 each. 

Mme. Qalland. .\ splendid bright currant-red. delicately 

shaded or washed with white in the centre. 
Mme. Laura Laurent. Ground color white with the 
ends of the petals bright rose carmine; beautiful flower of magnificent shape. 

Price. .\ny of the above, except where noted, 50 cts. each; $5.00 per doz. 



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Plants ^ 



Afl 



NEW CACTUS DAHLIAS 

for 1914 (Continued.) 

Mme. Paul Bultot. A fine large flower with long, 
tapering petals of a brilliant carmine-rose, which is in- 
tensified by a golden-salmon suffusion towards the 
centre of the flower. Occasionally the flowers 
will come variegated, the ground color being 
rich carmine with a silvery-rose tip extending 
well into the petal, 

Z Alme. Desmaris. A beautifully formed flower 
with twisted and curled flat petals of a bright 
madder-carmine with golden suffusion, 
ready April 1.5th. 75 cts. each. ( 

Mousme. Petals twisted like some of the Chrys- 
anthemums. Creamy-while striped with carmim . 
-/Mrs. Fleming. A most graceful pure white; 
composed of very long, tubular, fine petals. A 
beautiful exhibition variety. 7J cts. each. 

Patent. Entirely distinct claret-red of good shape. 

Prophet. A brilliant fiery-red o I good form. 

Primrose Queen. Large, full primrose-yellow, 
with lon;4 well-incurved petals. 
yProfesseur Riviere. Of perfect shape, ground color 
creamy-yellow suffused with salmon-red occasionally 
tipped white; very fice-flowering. 

Rekord. A most desirable and good, rich oriental-red. 
I'hints ready Ajiril l.")th. 
/ Rheinischer Frohsinn. This variety appealed to mon of the visitors to 
our trial grounds during the past summer, as the most disliuct and refined 
variety introduced this year. The flowers are large, of 
splendid form; the long incurving ])etals are white at the 
base, but at about one-half their length they become suf- 
fused with and change to a luminous carmine- rose, the two 
colors combining harmoniously in 
forming a most attractive flower. y 




Wew Cactus Dahua, 
Khcinischcr Frohsinn. 



Clear light yellow. A grai.d incurved exhi- 



Richard Box. 

bition flower. 
/Snowdon. A fine white with long, threadlike petals. 
ers of large size and elegant form. 



Flow- 



Plants ready April l.")lh. 
each. 



to cts. 




Salmon Queen. A splendid large flower with long 
■^ tubular petals, deep old rose with a luminous sal- 
mon suffusion. Very free-flowering on good, long 
stems. Plants ready April 15th. 75 cts. each. 

[/ Stability. A beautiful exhibition flow- 
er, with long, slightly incurved, tubu- 
lar petals, of a beautiful shade of ani- 
line-red. Good wiry stems. Free- 
flowering, the finest of its type. 
Plants ready April 15th. 76 cts. each. 

Tokio. A large flower with long, 
incurved petals. Ground color silvery- 
rose suffused throughout with rosy- 
carmine and a golden sheen at the 
base of the flower. 

^eyrant Hermanos. An effective 
purjilish-garnet, rich and glowing with 
broad petals forming a flower of ideal 
shape. .\n early and continuous 
bloomer. Plants ready April loth. 

Yvonne Mudry. Large, slightly in- 
curved flowers of fine shape, of a 
bright cannine-rose suffused with car- 
mine. 
Any of the above, except where noted, 
50 cts. each; 3i5.00 per doz. 



Price. 



New Cactus Dahlia, 
Veyrat Herm.inos. 



SPECIAL OFFER 

We will supply one each of the 54 new varieties offered on pages 
0, n and VI for $25.00. 



SPECIAL DAHLIA CATALOGUE 



13 



CHOICE CACTUS 

DAHLIAS 

We give on this and tlie next five pages a carefully 
revised list of varieties offered by us previous to tliis 
year, embodying the gems of the well-tried standard 
sorts, which have made a reputation for themselves. 
Aegir. Rich, warm cardinal-red, peculiarly twisted 
petals. 15 cts. each. 
VAlfred Nomblot. Coppery-red, deeply suf- 
fused with purplish-red shading lighter at the 
tii's; very narrow petals. 50 cts. each. 
Alpenrose. A fine flower, with twisted petals 
of a bright aniline-red, intensified by a gol- 
den-vellow suffusion. 25 els. each. 
j/Aniarillo. A hybrid-cactus, frequently com- 
in^; somewhat Preony-sliaped. Flowers very 
large; orange shading to old-gold. 3oc. each. 
Ami Philippe Qoy. Petals incurved; ground color 
deep salmon-red, suffused with pure scarlet, deep- 
ening to blood-red on tips. 15 cts. each. 
v' Andromeda. An extremely free-flowering variety 
of a bright terra-cotta-red with golden suffusion. 35 
cts. each. 
/Aristed Qurtler. A splendid (lower, compo-sed of 
long, narrow petals, of fine form, color mars-orange, 

/I suffused with scarlet, deepening toward the centre. 25 cts. each. 
Armentine Desleins. of perfect form, full doulile, with the 
ends of the petals cleft, color creamy-yellow, suffused wi;h 
Ijright violet-rose, distinct and pleasing. 35 cts. each. 
/^ Allgenweide. A beautiful satiny carmine-rose, deepening to l 
flowers of good form. 50 cts each. 
Aurora. A beautiful reddish-apricot suffused with flesh-pink, 
shading lighter to the tips. 25 cts. each. 
/'Australian. A brilliant rich purple, with bright crimson 
suftusion. .35 cts. each. 
Autumn Tints. Well named, its color being a rich terra- 
cotta, with a lustrous golden suffusion. 25 cts. each. 
y/' Belladonna. Beautiful flowers of medium size, with narrow 
petals; centre bright canary-yellow, base of petals orange- 
salmon passing to soft rose at the ends. 15 cts. each. 




le centre; 



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Bessie Palliser 

a golden sheen 
twisted and curled. 




Cactts Dahlia 

col-ntess of 

Lonsdale. 



Cactus Dahlia. 

CaNDIiLiH. 

Roman -ochre suftused with salmon, with 
at the base of the long petals, which are 
15 cts. each. 
Bismarck. One of the best intense fiery-reds; gracefully 
formed flower, with incurved petals on stiff stems held well 
above the foliage. 35 cts. each, 
'Blaustrumpf {Blue Stocking). A very distinct deep pur- 
ple with bluish suffusion; a good flower. 35 cts. each. 
"^Blenda. A large flower, with long, tubular incurved petals 
, of lirilliant rich French-purple. 25 cts. each. 
'Bruce. A beautiful flower; long, incurving twisted petals of a yellow-salmon 
shading to amber-yellow in the centre. 15 cts. each. 
Canari. A pretty graceful canary-yellow, shading 
ighterto tips of petals. 15 cts. each. 
/Candeur. A wonderful pure white, which in the fully 
developed flower more closely resembles an incurved 
Chrysanthemum than any other sort; it is of fair size, 
and a valual)le cut flower. 75 cts. each. 
Caradoc. Clear, bright, pure yellow, a fine 
J large flower. 25 cts. each. 

>^Cheerful. .\ most perfectly formed flower, 
with long, narrow petals, of a most pleas- 
ing tint of mauve. 25 cts. each. 
Clara. K delicate soft mauve, with sil- 
very-white tips edged with mauve. 15 
cts. each. 

Colombo. Solferino-rose with white tinted 
centre. 15 cts. each. 

Comte de Lambert. A grand flower, 
of a rich carmine-red, reverse of petals 
amaranth-red. 25 cts. each. 
Conquest. One of the best dark varieties 
yet offered; a deep crimson-maroon. 35 
cts. each. 
Countess of Kenmare. Large, rich 
amber, suffused and shaded with .salmon; 
form perfect. 25 cts. each. 
Countess of Lonsdale. A peculiar but 
pleasing blending of salmon-]>ink and am- 
ber, a color difficult to describe. This is 
the Dahlia for the million. Blooms freely 
under all conditions, and every flower is perfect from the be- 
ginning to the end of the season. 25 cts. each. 
Country Qirl. Base of petals golden-yellow, sufli'used with 
ose, which is deepest at the points. 15 cts. each. 



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Choice Cactus Dahlias 

CONTINUED 

Dawn. Distinct and beautiful, blight yellow at 
base, gradually deepening to cerise, the tips again 
lightening to yellow. 25 cts. each. 
/ Daydream. Honey-yellow, with bright yellow 
centre and s.Umon-rose shadings ; delicate and 
pretty, of perfect form. 35 cts, each. 
Debutante. A pleasing soft tint of mauve-pink, 
/ passing to white at the centre. 25 cts. each. 
'' Delicatissima. A perfectly formed flower, 
and one of the most delicately colored va- 
rieties yet introduced; color tender llydran- 
/ gea-pink, with lighter shadings. 25c. each. 
^ Dibs. A bright shade of rose-pink, each 
petal tipped old-gold, borne on long, stiff 
stems and very free. 25 cts. each. 
, Director Mamiile. A fine cactus-shaped 
flower, |)erfect in form, rich blood-red, with 
purplish sutTusion. 15 cts. each 
Dragon d'Or. A soft yellow, with jietals 
/ cleft on the tips; quite distinct. 15 cts. each. 
V Echo. Bright tyrian-rose, passing to silvery- 
rose at base of petals, a distinct shade of 
color, large, moderately incurved regular- 
shaped flower. 35 cts. each. 
Else. A charming variety, with a combination 
of delicate colors. The base of the petals 
is of buttercup-yellow, gradually passing to amber, 
finished with a tip of tyrian-rose. 25 cts. each. 
Erecta (Stredwiclt's). A splendid large flower of 
perfect form, of a glowing, brilliant rose-pink. 35 
cts. each. 
Evelyn Wiimore. Medium sized, deep gamet-red, without 

/shading or variation. 25 cts. each. 
Evening Star. A bright terra-cotta at point of petals, the 
centre being gold; a grand variety. 35 cts. each. 

''Excelsior. A refined and beautiful variety, with long and ex- 
tremely narrow pt-tals, of a deep maroon. 50 cts. each. 

/ Extase. A great exhibition flower of large size, with narrow 
petals of a tender shade of mauve-rose, which gradually passes 
to a white centre; very free-flowering. 50 cts. each. 

/Flash. 




Cactus Dahlia, 
Fernand Olivet. 



Fernand Olivet. Remarkably free-flowering, on stift', wiry 
'^ stems; brilliant maroon, with scarlet shadings, the centre al- 



most black. 

Firebrand. 



/ tense scarlet color. 
•^Flora. 




Cactus Dahlia, 
Glokv of Wilts 



Thomas. 
Brousson 



25 cts. each. 

Bright fiery-scarlet, an immense flower with very 
long petals; forms a conspicuous object in the garden. 25 
cts. each. 
Not a very large flower, but produced in great profusion, of an in- 

25 cts. each. 
-Vn ideal white Cactus Dahlia. A large flower, produced on stout, 
stiff stems; valuable for cutting. 25 cts. each. 

.\ remarkably free flowering, bright blood-red. 15 cts. each. 
|/FlOSSie Ridout. Hriglit, clear golden-yellow, with long, 
extremely narrow, much incurved petals. 2.5 cts. each. 
Frau Mermine flarx. A delicate silvery-rose of large 

size and very free. 15 cts. each, 

Gelber Prinz. The best deep yellow Cactus Dahlia yet 

V introduced; a brilliant deep buttercup yellow, with flowers 

of very large size, of fine form, full centre, and a splendid 

^ cut flower of remarkable lasting qualities. Plants 

■ ready April 15lh. 35 cts. each. 

t^Qen. French. One of the best; orange terra-cotta; 
/ very free. ].5 cts. each. 

Qenoveva. One of the freest flowering primrose-yellow 

/ varieties yet introduced; fine for cutting. 25 cts. each. 

'Glory of VVilts. A magnificent bright golden-yellow 

/ (if large size and splendid quality. 35 cts. each 
'Golden Eagle. .Splendidly incurved large flower of a 
/ jjleasing golden-buff; entirely distinct. 50 cts. each. 

v'uoldland. A splendid primrose-yellow, of perfect form 
and very free-flowering. 25 cts. each. 
Goliath, (iround color yellow, sufl'used and tinted with red- 
dish-salmon. 25 cts. each. 
(jrafin von Schimmelmann. Salmon-rose, .shading to a yel- 
)W centre, long, narrow, incurved petals; very free. 35c. each. 
Qustav Scherwitz. The flower of good shape, composed of 
rather broad petals, which are of a pleasing mauve, illumi- 
nated by a yellowish reflection in the centre. 25 cts. each 
V Gwendoline Tucker. Pale flesh-pink, flower of very large 
size, with long incurving petals.'"- 25 cts. each. 
A beautiful deep rich crimson. 35 cts. each. 

Extremely narrow petals of great length and slightly incurved 



-t- 



form; white in the centre, passing to a rich rose and again white at the tips. 50c. each. 



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Choice Cactus Dahlias 

CONTINUED 



H. W. Sillem. A brilliant, rich, caidiiial-red, with deeper 
ing-; flowers of perfect form and very large. 15 cts. each. 



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^ Henri Cayeux. Very large flower; when well grow^n 7 inches 
in diameter, color old gold shading to golden-yellow. 15 cts. 
each. 

/Hermosa. A beautiful shade of mauve, passing lo a 
creamy-white centre; a splendid large flower. l5 cts. 
each. 
High Sheriff. One of the gems; a flower of fine 
/' form, of a bronzy-rose color, passing to a golden- C"' 

bronze towards the centre, the combination of color ^ 
giving a glow not found in any other Dahlia. 25 cts. ^^^ 
each. 
Hildegard Deegen. A rich, brilliant garnet of beauti- 
ful form, of good size and very free. 35 cts. each. 
' H. Wearing. Pure salmon, passing to bright amber 
at the base of the petals, which are long, narrow and 
straight, forming a model flower. 25 cts. each. 

1/^ Indomitable. Long, very narrow petals, perfectly in- 
curved, forming flowers of the most graceful style; 
in color a rosy-mauve, which is much lighter at the 
tips, a pleasing blending of colors. 35 cts. each. 

lolanthe. Of evenly incurved form, flowers large and deep, of a 
deep coral-red, each developed floret distinctly tipped with gold. 
35 cts. each. 
J. B. Fry. .\ fine large flower, the centre a pale yellow, passing at the points 
/ of the ]>etals to a light salmon. 35 cts. each. 
^Johannesburg. A monster in size, yet of excellent form; in color a bright 
/ gold with a glittering sheen in sunlight; a splendid Dahlia. 35 cts. each. 
"^ohn Peel. Intensely rich crimson; very large. 25 cts. each. 
/John Don. A large bold flower of a rich golden-amber on 
good stiff stems. 25 cts. each. 
Karl Kotte. One of the most beautiful of the autumn tints, a 
rich reddish-salmon; of perfect form. 25 cts. each. 

/Kriemhilde. A most popular cut flower variety; perfect 
flowers on long stems; color a brilliant pink, gradually shad- 
ing to white at the centre. 15 cts. each. 
Lady Hutton. A dainty flower, with long, narrow petals of 
a soft amber-yellow, lightly suft'used with rose on the outer 
petals; a pleasing soft color. 25 cts. each. 
Lady Kilmaine. Salmon-pink shading deeper towards the 
tips of the long incurved petals. 35 cts. each. 





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Cactus Dahlia Lawine. 

Lawine. White, with just a suggestion of blush as the flower 
matures; a fine, full, large flower; one of tlie best. 25 cts. 
each. 
Leda. Beautiful narrow petalled variety of splendid form of a 
brilliant fiery-red. 15 cts. each. 
/Libellule. Of splendid form, sulphur-yellow, shaded with 
capucine-red; exceptionally free-flowering. 25 cts. each. 
Lord Minto. Very symmetrical flowers with long, quilled 
petals, which are cleft at the tips, giving the flower a grace 
not found in any other Dahlia; color, centre pale yellow, 
passing to a soft rosy-salmon at the ends of the petals. 25 
cts. each. 
1 Lovely. Delicate violet-rose, with creamy-white shadings; free 
and desirable. 15 cts. each. 
Lucie. Pale ecru with old-gold rose shadings; distinct and 
pleasing. 25 cts. each. 

Magnet. Distinct in color, a coppery old-rose, 
with mauve suffusion towards the tips; a fine 
flower, composed of broad petals, tubular to- 
wards the tips and more or less curledor twisted. 
35 cts. each. 
Manon. Flowers of medium size of beautiful 
Cactus form on long stems; splendid for cutting, 
1 of a pleasing canary-yellow. 25 cts. each. 
i Marathon. A brilliant, rich purple, illuminated 
with higher, brighter shadings; entirely distinct 
in color. 25 cts. each. 
Mary Goodall. Narrow incurved and twisted 
long tubular ]5etals, sulphur yellow sufiused with 
salmon. 35 cts. each. 
Mary Furrier. A strong erect growing variety 
with bright scarlet flowers of finest quality. 35 
cts. each. 
Master Carle. Very large, bright saffron yel- 
low; a splendid flower. 25 cts. each. 
Masterpiece. Light salmon pink, gradually 
passing to sulphur yellow at the centre, flower 
very regular in form composed of long narrow 
petals. 50 cts. each. 
-' J Mauve Queen. A distinct and beautiful variety, 

formed of long, tubular, incurved petals of a 
pleasing shade of clear mauve, shading lighter 
towards the centre 25 cts. each. 
Millicent. Very narrow, almost thread-like slightly incurved petals of a 
bright carmine sufiused with orange; a very refined flower. 50 cts. each. 
Miss Willmott. Very free-flowering; reddish apricot shading to golden- 
yellow at the ((litre; valuable for cutting and splendid for garden dec- 
oration. 35 ct ■. each. 



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Choice Cactus Dahlisis. 

CONTINUED. 
Mile. Marie Doucet. One of the freest-flowering varieties; 
of good size on long stems, fine for cutting. Color a lively 
mauve-pink, shading to white at the centre. 25 cts. each. 
Mme. Adolphe Bechet. 'A large flower of a tender 
rose color, suflused with tyrian-rose. 35 cts. each. 
/rime. Bertha liemen. A splendid flower of 
large size, of a rosy currant-red, suff^used with 
sparkling naples-yellow. 35 cts. each. 
Mme. Camille Pabst. A pretty variety witli 
broad, twisted petals of a deep amber-yellow, 
. suffused salmon-rose. 25 cts. each. -^,- 

V Mme. Eugene Remy. Centre of flower white 
gradually shading to mauve and deepening to . 
a reddish violet at the tips. 50 ct.s. each. 
v/Mme. Henri Cayeux. A variety that is uni- 
versally admired, of soft but lively rose-color, 
shading to white at the tips. 35 cts. each. 
Modern. Difficult to describe, a suffusion of 

salmon-pink, rose and copper. 15 cts. each. 
Morning Glow. Primrose-yellow, suff'used with ^ 

salmon at tlie tips. 15 cts. each. 
Mrs. Alfred Dyer. A fine variety; color lemon- 
yellow at centre, gradually shading to a soft 
rosy-pink at tips. Plants ready April 15th. 
/ 75 cts. each. 
'Mrs Clinton. Ground color deep amber, grad- 
ually shading to a rosy-scarlet, with a glow impossil 
. to describe. 25 cts. each. 
/ Mrs. Ferdinand Jeffries. Rich deep velvety garnet of v<iy 

, large size; petals curved and twisted. 50 cts. each. 
» Mrs. H. J. Jones. Rich, bright scarlet, with cream-colored 
edge; occasionally comes self-colored. 25 cts. each. 
Mrs. Pauline MacKenzie. A beautiful autumn-tinted vari- 
ety; bufl" with apricot shadings; very pleasing. 25 cts. each. 
/Mrs. T. W. Willis. Most delicate shade of mauve with 
creamy-white base; flower large, of splendid shape, composed 
of long narrow petals. 35 cts. each. 
Mrs. T. J. Woodall. Pure primrose, passing to carmine- 
pink at the points of the petals. The charming combination 
of colors forms a flower of great beauty. 3") cts. each. 
Mrs. C. Q. Wyatt. This variety in our fields the past sea- 
son has produced most wonderful exhibition flowers; it is one 
of the finest white varieties, with long numerous petals, 
forming a flower of great depth and of highest quality. 
Plants ready April 15th. 50 cts. each. 



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*>Jew York. 

l)etals of 
els. each. 

Nisi Prius. 

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Cactus Dahlia 
Mhs. Alfrf.d Dyer. 



One of the largest, with long, narrow, tubular 
salmon-rose color with bronzy shadings. 50 




Cacti'S Dahlia 
Mlle. Makie Doucet 



Bright oiange scarlet with a well-defined yel- 

centre; the petals are long, narrow and straight; it 

y flowers early and freely. 25 cts. each. 

/Omega. Flower of perfect form with large petals, base 

lemon-yellow shading to cream, suffused with solferino stri- 

/ aled with carmine-purple. 35 its. each. 

vOnward. Narrow petals, incurved and twisted as to form 
an almost globular flower; color a rosy-]iink. 50 cts. each. 
/ Orakel. Very free-flowering, amber color suffused with 
mon. 50 cts. each. 
Otto Henschel. A good, bright canary-yellow. 15 

cts. each. 
Penguin. A splendid variety of perfect form of a bright 

<leii-)ellow. 35 cts. each. 
Pink Pearl. .Mallow-pink at ba.se of petals, gradually 
.slmding lo white at tip. 25 cts. each. 

v' Pius X. A beautiful large white, with slight 
sulphur tint; very double. 25 cts. each. 
Phoenix. Large, well-formedflowersof a rich, 
deep carmine-red, each petal when first open- 
ing having a broad striiie of cardinal-ied 
through the centre. 3-') cts. each. 
Pride of Essex. \'ery large, douljle flowers 
of a bright yellow; early in the season the 
outer petals change to amber. 50 cts. each. 
/Prima Donna. Distinct and free, flowers large, 
will) long, tubular twisted incurved petals, the 
centre ones creamy- white, the cuter delicate 
mauve-pink; very choice. 25 cts. each. 

y Princess Marie. A large flower of pleasing 
liyht terra-cotta, slightly veined with reddish 
carmine. 15 cts. each. 
Prince of Yellows. .\ rich canary-bellow; 
one of the best yellows for cutting. 15c. each. 
Progenitor. Bright carmine, each petal be- 
ing furcated on the end like a stag-horn fern. 
15 cts. each. 
Rene Cayeux. Rich geranium-red; one of 
the earliest to flower. 25 cts each. 
Rev. Arthur T. Bridge. The colorings in this variety are 
extremely liatvlsome, being a bright, clear yellow, heavily 
ti])[itd and suffused with deep rose-pink. 35 cts. each. 



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Choice Cactus Dahlias 

CONTINUED 

Rev. T. W. Jamison. An exhibition flower of very 
large size, witli long incurved petals of a bright mauve- 
pink, illuminated with salmon at base. ;i5 cts. each. 
V^Rhe»ntOChter. Beautiful perfect shaped flowers with 
\. long petals of a pleasing tender shade of mauve, very 

free-flowering. 50 cts. each. 
yH^ivalin. Narrow, long incurved petals, very full, of a 
delicate tender rose, very free and fine for cutting. 
35 cts. each. 
/Roland von Berlin. A magnificent, brilliant and in- 
tense geranium-red, with deeper shadings and full of 
fire. 15 cts. each. 

Rosseflora. A particular free-flowering variety, with 
long, straight petals of a pure rose, the centre of the 
flower being white. 35 cts. each. 

Rosa Siegerin, A beautiful flower of true cactus form, 
with long, narrow petals of a tender mauve-pink, 
shading to nearly white in the centre. 35 cts. each. 

Rosenelfe. Pure rose, a most gracefully built flower of 
perfect form. 25 cts. each. 

Rosalind. Delicate shade of rose-pink, sufl"using to 
cream in the centre, large full flowers with long almost 
straight petals. 50 cts. each. 

Rother. Rich, bright garnet; one of the finest dark-colored sorts 

yet introduced. 25 cts. each. 
Satisfaction. A beautiful flower of extreme incurved type, with 

very long, narrow petals, forming a most graceful flower; white, 

shading to very soft pink. 35 cts. each. 
,/^Schneekonigin. A most valuable white of absolute purity, flow- 

of ideal form, composed of long, very accurately arranged petals, 

held well above the foliage on good stems; a fine cut flower. 

50 cts. each. 
,/Schone Helena. A tender mauve color with yellow suffusion 

in the centre, flowers on stiff, wire-like stems. 35 cts. 

each. 
•Sequoia. A beautiful variety, with long, tubular petals cleft 

at the tips, of a deep saffron-yellow suffused with red; a splen- 
did autumn tint. 25 cts. each. 



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CAciUb Dahlia, RiiV. T. W. Jamisl 
Orange-scarlet with apricot suffusion, 



'Siegstab. 




Cactus Dahlia, 
schneekonigin. 



Sherlock. Orange-scarlet with apricot suffusion, one of the 
])leasing autumn tints; flowers very large on good stems for 
cutting; free, early and continuous bloomer. Plants ready 
\pril 15th. 50 cts. each. 

A rich French purple of splendid form and very 
iree-flowering. 1.5 cts. each. 
Sir John Sinclair. Coral-red, shading to a lighter centre, 
with long tubular incurved jietals. 35 cts. each. 
•^Soleil Couchant. The most brilliant orange-scarlet, 
shading to reddish-salmon at the tips; petals broad; 
flowers of good form on stiff stems. 25 cts. each. 
, , -Stalwart. One of the best reds for garden decoration, 
an intense rich crimson-scarlet; very free-flowering. 
35 cts. each. 

Standard Bearer. Rich, fiery-scarlet, free and 
^ of [H-rlect fomi. 15 cts. each. 

Stormer. Large, perfect flowers, composed of 
ong, almost thread-like incurved petals of a 
rich deep cardinal -red. 3-5 cts. each. 

Strahlenglanz. A beautiful suffusion of 
old gold and salmon; not a very large 
flower, but a pretty, harmonious autumn 
color. 1.5 cts. each. 

Strahlen Krone. Intense cardinal-red; 
rich and glowing. 15 cts. each. 
/Success. Pure yellow, with incurved, 
twisted petals; a distinct variety, on good 
steins well above the foliage. 25 cts. 
each. 
/Suzanne Cayeux. An exceptionally large 
creamy-white, with long, narrow incurv- 
ed petals; with liberal cultivation it will 
produce wonderful exhibition flowers. 50 
cts. each. 

Sunshine. Long incurved petals, forming a large, 

vfi\- deep flower of a deep glowing crimson-car- 

r . niine, which is intensified by the lighter tips and 

golden suffusion at the base of the petals; a splendid 

/ flower. 35 cts. each. 

/ Sweetbrier. A superb variety of an exqui.site shade of 
jiuilc, very free, on good stiff stems. Plants ready April 15th. 
50 cts. eftcli. 



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oice Cactus Dahlias 



CONTINUED 
The Lion. A good sliaped large flower, bronzy old-rose suf- 
fused with yellow and salmon; very free and efi'eclive, 50 
t'N, els. each. 

'i / Thos. Obelin. A brilliant fiery-red, a fine large 

refined flower of perlect incurved form, pro- 
duced in the greatest profusion on long stiff 
.. r-^->, - / / X 1^^ stems; a fine cut flower. 25 cts. each. 

(V'XjBj^L ^ /^ / Trojan. Pale yellow, outer petals lightly suf- 

\ ^^^^^^ V ^y' fi A fused with salmon and sometimes tipped white, 

^ ^^^ ^^ M.^^ 1^ /] /] flowers very large and full, with long almost 

straight petals, good centre and erect habit. 
y Plants ready April 15th. 50 cts. each. 
/Vivid. A dwarf variety with splendid incurved 
flowers composed cf long incurved petals of the 
most intense fiery-red color, very free, good 
/ stems and fine for cutting. 35 cts. each. 
►'Walter Deegen. An intense rich and bril- 
liant fiery-red suflused with orange, on good 
long stems. 35 cts. each. 
/Wellington. A bright glowing scurlet with a 
suflusion of purplish-crimson towards the tips; 
a good incurved flower on long stems. 35 cts. 
each. 
White Ensign. A good creamy white of me- 
dium size and good form wiih incurved twisted 
petals. 50 cts. each. 
/Wunderkind. Luminous canary-yellow, shading to v 
while, suffused with flesh at the edges; one of the freest. / 
25 cts. each. 
W. J. Matheson. One of the free-flowering high col- 
ored varieties with long, narrow flat petals forming a 
gracefully arranged flower of a fiery-red, slightly suflused 
reddish- violet. 25 cts. each. 
W. T. Rogers. A splendid dark variety; large flowers on stifl" wiry stems; velvety 
maroon, illuminated with crimson. 35 cts. each. 
ellow Hammer. This is a great Dahlia, the flowers which | Yvonne Cayeux. Almost star-shaped, the straight petals 
arevery large are of perfect graceful form, composed of long, [ j^^ranged with the utmost regularity; color an immacidate 
tubular, semi-mcurved petals of a bright primrose-yellow, on 
long, stiff stems. Plants ready .A.pril loth. 50 cts. each. | white. 35 cts. each. 

Fancy Cactus Dahlias. 

A distinct and showy class, in most of which the flowers are beautifully striked and variegated, as shown in the illustration. 
\ "^Charles 



CacTDS Dahlia. 
The Lion. 



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Parnot. Ground color rosy-white, striped and 
speckled with reddish violet. 30 cts. each. 
y Comet. Delicate lilac, penciled, spotted and striped with 
tyrian rose. 30 cts. each. 
Electric. A large sulphur-yellow with white tips, sometimes 

sports to a self-color either white or yellow. 30 cts. each. 
Elf. Ground color salmon-rose striped and spotted 
with currant red. Plants ready April 15th. 30 
cts. each. 
Fireworks. Ground color golden-yellow, striped 

and spotted with oriental -red. 30 cts. each. 
Jupiter. Ground color at base of petals yellow, 
passing to salmon-rose at the tips, the whole 
splashed and striped with crimson. 30 cts. each. 
Louis Due. A good-sized primrose-yellow, striped 
and penciled currant-red. 35 cts. each, 
y Mercury. Ground color yellow, thickly striped 
'L and spotted with crimson. Large flower. 30 
cts. each. 

/Mrs. J. Emberson 



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A distinct fancy, with large incurved 
flowers of a pale-lemon, splashed and speckled with rosy- 
pink. 30 cts. each. 
Portolo. Color pale pink, margined with clear orange 
bands, sometimes almost solid orange, but desirable in either 
color. 50 cts each. 

One each of the above 10 sorts for ?3.00. 




Fancy Cactus 
Dahlias. 



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Select New 

DECORATIVE DAHLIAS 
for 1914 

Breeze Lawn. This is unquesliorably the 

ideal red decorative Dahlia, and though it 

originated some five years ago, it has only 

been introduced in a very limited manner. 

Its flowers, while very large, frequently 

over eight inches in diameter, are 

not at all coarse, but have a re- 
finement along with its rich 

color, an intense fiery-red that 

is lacking in many other popu- 
lar varieties. One of the earliest 

and most continuous bloomers. 

$1.00 each. 
Freibeuter. Of all the high 

colored decorative garden vari- 
eties this is not only one of the 

earliest, but also one of the most 

continuous free bloomers; in 

color a brilliant cardinal red, a 

rich glow of color from early to 

late. 
^Hortulanus Fiet. Another giant-flowered variety 

with blooms over eight inches in diameter, of the 

most delicate shade of shrimp-pink, the tip of each 

petal barely touched with gold. The entire flower 

has a suffusion of delicate tints of red and yellow, 

which gives a glow yet softness of color difficult to describe. 

Illustrated on the back cover of this catalogue. $1.00 each. 
Hoetulanus Witte. A very large, long stemmed, free-flowering pure 

white, a splendid cut flower and exhibition variety. $1.00 each. 




New Decorative Dahlia 
Breezb Lawn. 




New Decorative Dahlia 

Meteor. 



Jean Wood. Probably a seedling of Mme, Van den 
Daele and similar in color, a delicate silvery-rose, but a 
much shaplier flower than its parent, being of true 
decorative form. An early, free and constant bloomer. 

Meteor. An attractive, showy, fancy variety; the 
ground color a brilliant cardinal-red, edged and marked 
with primrose-yellow. The flowers are not large, 
three-and-one-half inches in diameter, of perfect form 
and very freely produced on long, stiff stems. 

'. Z 'Oregon Beauty. .V brilliant gorgeous flower that 
"^ \ attracts much attention on account of its rich color, an 
intense Oriental-red with golden sheen and garnet suf- 
fusion. Produces its large flowers on long stems in 
the t;reatest profusion. A splendid garden variety. 

Priscilla. Good shaped flowers of a pleasing violet-rose 
olor on good stiff stems; an attractive garden variety. 
Royal Purple. .\ self-colored sport from Le Grand 
Manitoii, with flowers of perfect form from 5toC inches 
in diameter, very freely produced and of a rich purple 
color. 
/^Zeppelin. Entirely distinct; a pleasing soft shade of violet- 
mnuve with silvery suffusion; flowers of mrdiuni size, of good 
form and very free-flowering. 
This collection can be furnished only in green plants which will be ready about 
April loth. 

Price. Exce])t where noted, .">0 cts. each; the collection of 10 varieties for $'i.00. 



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Chantecier. Groundcolor cadmium-yellow, striped, splashed 
and spoiled wi.h deep carmine-red; a very pretty fancy va- 
riely. 30 els. each, 

Clifford W. Bruton. A fine, bright yellow. 20 cts. each. 

Columbine. A new and novel sort, ground color pale lilac- 
rose, shaded, striped and speckled with light carmine. Plants 
ready .\pril l.'jtli. 75 cts. each. 

Crown of Gold. A brilliant glowing Chinese-orange with 
golden sufTusion, a rich and pleasing flower of medium size, 
an excellent cut flower. 35 cts. each. 

/Delice. The most popular variety. AVe grow more Delice 
than any other sort, this year nearly 25,000, the most of which 
were in one field; a glorious sight when in flower. Its 
beautiful soft, yet lively color, a glowing rose-pink, together 
with its perfect shape, stout, stiff stems, which hold the flow- 
ers well above the foliage, and the fact that when cut it retains 
/its freshness for a long time, makes this one of the most valu- 
able for cutting or decorative sorts in the garden. 25 cts. each. 

Distinction. Very pretty, tender rose-pink, shading to a 
creamy-white on long, stiff stems. A fine cut flower. 50 cts. 
each. 

Empress Josephine. Large, perfect flowers on long stems; 
color a light pink delicately penciled with purple, centre deep 
lavender. 50 cts. each. 

Fasan. Large flowers of an oriental-red sutTused wilh yellow; 
very free-flowering. 50 cts. each. 

Flamingo. As a cut flower this will rank in the class with 
Delice; the flowers are held erect on stiff stems of a rich and 
glowing rose-])ink, while it frequently shows an open centre; 
this does not detract from its beauty. 50 cts. each. 

F. L. Bassett. 

20 cts. each. 



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Carmine-purple, shading deeper at the centre. 



Gaiety. A good variegated or fancy variety, nearly every 
flower showing its beautiful variegation; in color a bri>;ht 
strawberry-red, each petal having a broad band of white 
through the centre. 50 cts. each. 



Select Decorative Dahlias 

The Decorative Dahlias are an intermediate form between the 
Show and Cactus types. Many beautilul varieties have been 
introduced, some with flat petals, others reflexed, incurved or 
curiously twisted, bul nearly all are without formality or stiff- 
ness, and practically all of them are leaders as cut flowers, bear- 
ing their large, perfectly formed blooms on long, stiff stems, 
and standing in good condition longer than most kinds; fuither- 
more, they are of easy culture, and seem to adapt them- 
selves to and succeed under the most varied conditions; a 
combination which assures their continued popularity. 

♦^Athalia. Rich ox-blood red with maroon shadings, a fine 
flower of giant size, extremely free-flowering. 50 cts. 
each. 

t^^Uguste Nonin. A very large flower of fiery-red, very 
free and borne on long, stiff stems; will prove valuable 
for cutting or garden decoration. 25 cts. each. 

/Autumn Glow. A large, full flower of fine form, prim- 
rose-yellow wilh bronze shadings, stiff long stems; a fine 
cut flower. Plants ready April 15th. 50 cts. each. 

r Beloit. Particularly effective on account of its very large 

flowers, borne on stems 18 to 20 inches long and held 

well above the foliage; these are full double, of s|)lendid 

form, of a rich purplish-garnet, shading deeper towards the 

/ centre. 25 Cts. each. 

Brentwood Yello^v. A iiew, coni[)act growing variety, re- 
markalily Iree-flowering, deep primrose-yellow of perfect form. 
Plants ready April 15th. 75 cts. each. 

Calypso. A new sort with large flowers, the petals of which 
are peculiarly curled and twisted, of a rich, dark, jjurplish- 
crimson, a very attractive flower, sometimes shows a centre 
like the Pxony-flowered varieties, but desirable in either form; 
very free-flowering. Plants ready April 15th. 75 cts. each. 

Catherine Uuer. Iridescent red; a favorite for cutting. 20 

cts. each. 
Gloire Lyonnaise. A bright golden-yellow flamed with 

rosy carmine at llie points; very effective. 35 cts, each. 

/Golden West. One of the best, large primrose-yellows, very 
full double flowers with petals cleft at the tips; very free- 
flowering. Plants ready April 15th. 35 cts. each. 

Henri Jordain. A brilliant geranium-lake red with very dark 
suffusions and niarkini;s. 25 cts. each. 

Henry Patrick. A popular white cut flower. 20 cts. 
each. 

■^^Jack Rose. Brilliant crimson-red, similar in shade to the 
po|)nlar "Jack" Rose, which suggested its name; perfect for 
garden decoration or for cutting. 20 cts. each. 

/Jeanne Charmet. A splendid cut flower variety of a pleas- 
g shade of violet-rose on a lighter ground. 35 cts. each. 

Jpseph Rocher. We particularly recommend this new variety, 
one of the earliest to flower, of very perfect form on long. 

Plants 



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stifl", wiry steins and of a rich, dee]) garnet color, 
readv -April loth. $1.00 each. 



Kaiserin Augusta Victoria. The firsi of the decorative 
</ sorts to come into flower, of medium size, good form and 
pure white color. .35 els. each. 
Kupferberg Gold. A beautiful Dahlia of a sparkling color - 
y difficuU to describe, a pretty shade of shrimp-pink with old / 
rose and gold suffusions. 50 cts. each. 

Le Grand ManitOU. The best variegated Dahlia of the deco- 
ys rative type. The flowers are from 5 to G inches across; ground 
color white, prettily spotted, striped and blotched with deep 
reddish-violet; occasionally self-colored; these are borne on 
stout, stiff .stems, held well above the foliage. Plants ready 
.April 15th. 50 cts. each. 

Lyndhurst. Brilliant cardinal-red. .A fine cut flower. 20 
cts. each. 

Maman Rozain. Flowers very large size, but graceful, of a 
pearly-white suffused with rose, reverse of petals velvety- 
purple edged with white; a most distinct and novel variety. 
50 cts. each. 



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Select 
Decorative Dahlias 

Continued 

^ Mammouth. A very large flower, fre- 
quently 7 inches in diameter on good long 
stems of a bright scarlet. Plants ready 
April loth. 50 cts. each. 
/^ Manzanola. Brilliant oriental-red witli 
deeper shadings, a fine shaped flower witli 
good stem, very free and ideal for cutting. 
Plants ready April 1.5th. 35 cts. each. 
V Manzanita. Entirely distinct in coloring 
from all others, described by the introducer 
as a rich lavender; with us it has been the 
nearest approach to a pure mauve. 2") cts. 
•each. 

Meadow Gold. A fine large flower sup- 
ported on long stiff stems, color primrose- 
yellow faintly tinged with pink on the 
outer petals. Plants, 35 cts. each. 
^/Miss Minnie McCullough. One of the 
most popular cut-flower varieties now 
^ grown; particularly valuable for use under 

I artificial light. Color soft yellow, over- 

laid with bronze; a beautiful autumnal tint. 
20 cts. each. 
Mme. A. Lumiere. A very distinct and attractive 
variety; ground color white, suffused towards the ends 
of the petals with red, the tips pointed with bright violet 
red. 25 cts. each. 
Mme. Van den Daele. A charming soft rose with 
deeper markings, shading to white in the centre; a 
/ beautiful sort for cutting. 25 cts. each. 
v/Mont Blanc. An early, free, continuous flowering creamy- 
white on good stiff stems. One of the most important 
cut-flower varieties. 25 cts. each. 
"■''jVlrs. C. W. Bassett. A splendid Dahlia, of a pleasing, 
delicate mauve pink, perfect in form, exceptionally free-flow- 
ering on good stiff stems; fine for cutting. 35 cts. each. 

»/Mrs. Chas. L. Seyboid. Ground color crimson-carmine, 
each petal tipped and more or less marked with white; a 
striking and beautiful flower, produced very freely. 35 cts. 
each. 

Mrs. Fleers. Deep rose; a good shaped flower of medium 
size. 50 cts. each. 
•^rs. J. Gardner Cassatt. A large-flowered variety of ele- 
gant sha)>e, mauve-pink of a shade that is very pleasing in a 

y Dahlia; a fine cut flower. 25 cts. each. 
»^Mrs. Roosevelt. Of immense size and remarkably free-flow- 
ering; color a delicate silvery-rose, which is very attractive 
when cut. 25 cts. each. 

Orange King. Rich, glowing orange-scarlet. 20 cts. each. 
'Ouray. Rich, deep velvety maroon of good form, very free- 
flowering. 20 cts. each. 

Papa Charmet. A large flower of rich, deep morocco-red 
with bright garnet shadings. 25 cts. each. 
'Perle de Lyon. Not only the most valuable white Decora- 
tive Dahlia, but the best white of any class for cut-flower 
purposes;' its flowers are of good size, and held erect on long, 
stiff, wiry stems. 20 cts. each. 

Prince Danilo. A new sort with very refined flowers of 
medium size; ground color a creamy-salmon deeply suffused 
with carmine rose. Plants ready April 15th. 75 cts. each, 
/ Princess Juliana. While we cannot agree with the European 
growers that this new sort is in white decorative varieties as 
important as Delice is among the pink varieties, we must 
admit it is one of the very jjromising cut-flower sorts, and on 
account of its early and free-flowering habit and neatly formed 
flowers will be appreciated by the amateur. Plants ready 
April 15th. 50 cts. each. 

Princess Victoria Louise. A bright solferino-red, flowers 
on long stems. 25 cts. each. 




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Decorative 
Dahlia. 
Ui.vssii. 

Riese von Stuttgart. Probalily the largest Dahlia of this 
type; a seedling of Souvenir de Gustave Doazon, which it 
! exceeds in size, frequently measuring 8 inches and over in 
diameter; in color a Ijright blood-red, shading deeper to the 
centre; a variety which attracts universal attention. 25 cts. 
each. 

Rosenkonigin, A miniature hybrid decorative variety about 
three inches in diameter of pretty form; color salmon-carmine 
shading to a white tip. 50 cts. each. 

Sappho. A pretty fancy variety, ground color rosy white 
striped and spotted with crimson red. 25 cts. each. 

Schneehuhn. A beautiful pure white exhibition variety, 

flowers of exceptionally good form and large size. 50 els, 

tach. 

!/Sonne Von Fellbach. New, with very large flowers of a 

I peculiar and distinct color, a deep madder yellow shading 

. deeper towards the centre. 50 cts. each. 

•souvenir de Gustave Doazon. Of mammoth proportions, 

which, under oidinary cultivation, will produce flowers 6 

inches across, and can be grown to measure full 9 inches. It 

is of free growth, remarkably profuse-flowering and pure red 



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In color. 



cts. each. 



Sylvia. Soft, pleasing mauveqiink, gradually changing. to 
white in the centre. A fine cut flower. 20 cts. each. 

Triomphe de Schmitt. Tips of petals carmine-red, flamed 
towards the centre with golden-yellow and suflused with 
crimson; large, well-shaped flower. 20 cts. each. 

Ulysse. The finest Decorative Dahlia of its color. A rich 

velvety maroon with almost black shadings. The flowers are 

perfect in form, the ]>etals being very gracefully arranged, 

making it with its stitT stems an ideal cut-flower. 50 cts, 

/ each. 



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Wm. Agnew. 

flower varietv. 



Rich, dazzling carmine-red. 
20 cts. each. 



.\ standard cut- 



Yellow Colosse. Flowers of very large size, of jierfect form, 
pure primrose-yellow. 25 cts. each. 



We will supply one each of the 61 Select Decorative Dahlias offered on pages 2C and 21 for $15.00. 



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HENRY A. DREER, PHILADELPHIA 



DREER'S COLLERETTE DAHLIAS 



With few exceptions the Collerette Dahlias are of French origin, where they have been very 
popular for some years : during the past two seasons they have also occupied a prominent place at 
the exhibitions in England, and have been enthusiastically received ; in our own grounds and 
exhibits during the past two summers they were so much admired that we are convinced of their 
coming popularity here, and, with this in mind, we prepared the illustrations on the page opposite, 
showing four desirable representative sorts. 

Anyone only familiar with the first introductions of this type can form no idea of the beautiful 
artistic blending of soft and ricii colors which is found in most of tlie newer sorts. All have single 
flowers with an additional row of short petals around the disc, this forming a frill or collar, which is 
usually of a different color from the rest of the flower. 

We offer Two Prizes for the best vase of 12 flowers of this beautiful type; see details on page 4. 

''^Capella. Luminous reddish maroon intensified by tlie pure 
white collar. Plants ready April 15th. 35 els. eiich. 



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Cocarde Espagnole. A new and novel variety, the large, 



Maurice Rivoire. Oxblood red with deeper shadings in the 
centre of petals and a pure white fringed collar. Illustrated 
on the plate opposite. 



perfect llowers of which both the petals and collar are a NL, Mery de Montigny. Very large cerise flowers sufl'used 
brilliant combination of red and gold. Plants ready April loth, y with rosy-violet at the tips, collar petals rose color. Plants 



75 cts. each. 

V Cocarde Genevoise. Another novelty of brilliant vermilion- 
red with yellow collar striped with red. Plants ready April 15ih 
35 cts. each. 

Comte Cheremeteff. Vermilion-red shading to orange at 
tips; creamy-white collar. 

' Diadem. One of the finest, flowers very large, of a brilliant 
carmine-rose, the collar is white with light carmine markings. 

^Diomede. Ground white, suffused and touched with blotches 
of brilliant purple-red, centre yellow, collar petals white, 
very attractive. 

Director Rene Gerard, Flowers 5 inches in diameter and 
perfect, ground color creamy-white suffused and marked with 
French purple; very long narrow creamy-white collar petals. 

/Exposition de Lyon. A very gay flower of a bright earnet, 
with clear yellow collar petals. Illustrated on the plate 
, opposite. 

•^ Qeant de Lyon. -A. grand novelty and the largest and most 
brilliant of the CoUerettes. Flowers from 6 to 7 inches in 
diameter, composed of large massive petals of an intense rich 
garnet. Plants ready April 15th. 75 cts. each. 

Qoldstern. A pretty self-colored deep canary-yellow, both 
ray and collar petals being of the same color. 

/Grand Papa Charmet. One of the best of the new varieties, 
of a brilliant velvety French purple with white collar. Plants 
ready April 15th. .S5 cts. each. 

' Leitstern. Garnet shaded maroon with white collar, which 
is marked with maroon, flowers large. 35 cts. each. 



/ ready April 15th. 35 cts. each. 

Mjne. Capron. One of the largest, a brilliant reddish-purple, 
collar petals unusually large of same color, but striped and 
marked with ^hite, very distinct. 

y^me. E. Poirler. Deep purple suffused with lighter shades 
^ which gives it a violet-blue effect, collar petals white. The 
nearest approach to a blue. 35 cts. each. 

Mme. Oygax. Very conspicuous on account of its rich col- 
V/oring; a bright cochineal-red passing to yellow tips and ex- 
ceptionally long primrose-yellow collar petals. Illustrated on 
the plate opposite. 

Mons. L. Ferard. Flowers perfect, 4i inches in diameter, 
•^ground color rich jiurplish-garnet, edged and marked white, 
collar white with carmine markings. 

Prince de Venosa. Deep tyrian rose shading lighter towards 
the edges, collar petals white faintly striped carmine. 35 cts. 
each. 



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Signorina Rosa Esengrini. Heavy shell-like petals form- 
K ing a large perfect flower of a bright lemon-yellow suffused 

and marked with orange-scarlet, collar petals very abundant 

of a bright lemon-yellow. 

Souvenir de Cliabanne. A'ery showy, 5 to 6 inches in 
Vdianieter, ground color lemon-yellow with coral-red markings, 

collar petals very abundant and lorg, lemon-yellow tipped 

white. Illustrated on the plate opjiosite. 

Souvenir de Rene Bernardeau. Bright carmine with 
sulphur-yellow centre, collar petals of same color suffused 
with carmine. 



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Price. Any of the above, except where noted, 30 cts. each; S3.00 per doz. 
-A. collection of one each of the 2"2 varieties for S5.00. 



ONE EACH OF THE QUARTETTE SHOWN ON THE PLATE OPPOSITE FOR $1.00. 




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HENRY A. DREER PHILADELPHIA 




Show Dahlia 
Caleb Poweks. 



CHOICE DOUBLE 

SHOW DAHLIAS. 

'A. D. Livoni. A splendid clear 
pink, Ijeaiuilully quilled, of per- 
lect toriii and veiy free-flowering. 
Arabella. Liglu sulphur-yellow, 
shaded peach-ljlossom on edges; 
a line flower. 

Caleb Powers. Best described 
as an improvement in size, col- 
oring, an 1 even in earliness, to 
the pojiular variety, Susan, 
offered in this list, a delicate 
shell-pink of splendid form. 50 
cts. each, $5.00 per doz. 
Qias. Lanier. The largest deep 
• yellow Show Dahlia to date. 
Wry rich yellow and fine for 
cutting. 
Cream of the Valley. Amber- 
yellow, lightly marked with vio- 
let on the reverse of the petals. 
35 cts. each. 
Cuban Giant. Immense ball- 
shaped blooms of bright maroon; 
/ free and early. 

Dreer's White. Introduced by 
us in I'JO'J, and unquestionably 
the most valuable show Dahlia sent out in 
many years. In color a pure glistening white, 
and re.sembling in form the popular Grand 
Duke Alexis, while in freedom of flowering it 
is not surpassed by any. It has succeeded in 
parts of the country, has been much ad- 
mired at the exhibitions where shown and has in most cases been 
awarded the premier prize as the finest white show variety. 35 
cts. each. 



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John Walker. An elegant pure white. 25 cts. each. 

Le Colosse. Of immense size and very free-flowering, water- 
melon red in color. Plants ready April loth. 50 cts. each. 

Miss Minnie Vosburg. The freest-flowering white show 
variety yet introduced, coming into bloom early and continu- 
ing of good quality to the end of the season. The flowers 
ordinarily are about the same size as John Walker when well 
grown, being perfect white balls, always having a good, full 
centre. 25 cts. each. 

rime. Alfred Moreau. The most perfect large pure mauve-pink; a 
splendid flower. 

Princess Victoria. A sterling variety, being the earliest 
and freest-flowering primrose-yellow; never produces an 
imperfect flower and is in bloom early and late; long, stiff 
stems; fine for cutting. 

Queen Victoria. A popular light yellow. 

Red Hussar. Pure cardinal red. 

Ruby Queen. Deep ruby-purple. 25 cts. each. 

Susan. Probably no Dahlia ever introduced by us has 
given such universal satisfaction as this, a beautiful deli- 
cate, soft-shell pink, of splendid form, remarkably early 
and free-flowering, with long stems; splendid for cutting. 
30 cts. each. 

W. W. Rawson. An exceptionally fine shaped, massive, 
large double flower, which is produced on long stems; 
color pure white, delicately overlaid with mauve. 50 
cts. each. 

White Swan. Good free-flowering white, 

Yellow Duke. A splendid primrose-yellow, of good 
form, and always in flower; fine for cutting. 

Yellow Livoni. Undoubtedly the most perfectly quilled Dahlia grown; 
flowers of medium size, but very perfect, of a soft lemon yellow. 25 

cts. each. 

Price. .\ny of the above, except where noted, 20 cts. each; §2.00 per 
doz.; 815.00 per 100. 

Collection of one each of the above 23 varieties for $5-00. 



Emily. Sollgrino, with white markings; very large and free- 
flowering. 

Grand Duke Alexis. Large, massive flowers, ivory-white, 
with a faint tinge of rose at the extremities of the petals. 25 
cts. each. 

Isis. A new sort of immense size, large petals, full double, 

■ orange-.scarlet suffused with carmine, with golden sheen at the 
tips. 35 cts. each. 




Show Dahlia, W. W. Rawson. 



SPECIAL DAHLIA CATALOGUE 



25 



TWO NEW 

POMPON 



or 



Liliputian 

DAHLIAS 







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The advance in this miniature type of Dahlias has not 
kept pace with the otlier classes, and it is only occasionally 
that we have a novelty to offer; but in the varieties Nerissa 
and Gretchen Heine we have two perfect gems, which should 
be included in every collection. The plants are of ideal 
habit and are always loaded with floweis, not over two inches 
in diameter, and of the most perfect form. 

Nerissa. A beautiful shade of lively mauve-pink that appeals to every- 
one and which shows up particularly pleasing under artificial light. 
•^Gretchen Heine. A good companion to Nerissa; ground color a rose- 
tinted white; each petal heavily tipjjed crimson-carmine. 
Price. Either of the above plants, ready April 1.5th, 30 cts. each; the 
pair f«r 50 cts.; S3. 00 per doz. 

GENERAL COLLECTION OF 

Double Pompon or Liliputian 

DAHLIAS 

-Y "^ Annie Doncaster. Light yellow, base suffused with |iearly pink, 
y' VArthur Kerley. Purplish crimson; very free. 
KjCatherine. Well formed primrose yellow. 
•'Darkness. Deep velvety -maroon. 
/'Fireball. Bright scarlet of decorative form. 
> ►Helene Lambert. A splendid free-flowering yellow of splendid 
>:' vkleine Domitea. Orange buff; always in flower. 
M-ittle Bessie. Creamy-white, clo.sely quilled. 
Little Herman. Deep carmine, shaded garnet, tipped white. 
Little Naiad. White tipped amaranth red. 
Midget. Very miniature and very free-flowering; salmon 

shaded peach. 
Snowclad. A fine pure white. 
Ware's Mars. Beautiful deep red of fine form. 
Price. Any of the above, 15 cts. each; $1.50 per doz.; $10.00 
per 100. 




New Double Pompcn Dahlias, 
Gretchen Heine and Nekissa. 




Type of Double Fancy Dahlia. 



CHOICE DOUBLE 

FANCY DAHLIAS 

Chameleon. Flesh-colored centre, shading to crushed 

strawberry, with yellowish blending. 
Duchess of Cambridge. Base of petals white suftused 

pink, heavily tipped dark crimson. 
Frank Smith. Intense purplish-maroon, shading almost 

to black; each petal tipped with white. 
Lucy Fawcett. Sulphur-yellow, striped and spotted 

carmine-rose. 
Miss Browning. A perfectly-formed flower, a canary- 
yellow, tipped with white. 
Peeress. Buttercup-yellow with heavy tip of deep fiery- 

re.l. 
Professor Mansfield. Rich yellow; dear white tips 

and rosy-red towards the ( entre. Like all fancy varieties 

the color is very variable. 35 ct^. each. 
Price. Any of the above, except where noted, 20 cts. 

each; $2 00 per doz. 

Collection of one each of the 7 varieties, $1.2'). 

Prizes for Best Dahlia 
Blooms 

We offer a number of prizes for the best flowers of 
some of the newer sorts. For details see page 4. 



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HENRY A. DREER, PHILADELPHIA 



NEW INTRODUCTIONS 

P^ONY=FLOWERED 

DAHLIAS 



This Ijeautiful type is now very popular. The 
artistic flowers are very large, and are best compared 
to the semi-double Pseonies in general form. They 
all flower very freely, and are borne on long, strong 
stems, making excellent material for cutting, as well 
as for garden decoration. 

y America. A beautiful Dahlia; pure shrimp-pink 
)Q with golden sufl'usion; hal)it ideal; very free-flow- 
ering. §1.00 each. 
/' Canary Bird. A fascinating sulphur-yellow. Flow- 
ers well placed and of great substance. $1.00 
, each. 

" Comte De La Vaule. A large flowered, free and 
showy garden variety of a rich carmine. 75 cts. 
each. 



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Czar Ferdinand. An excellent free-flowering va- 
riety, with good-shaped attractive flowers of a luminous reddish-purple; first 



class in every way. 75, cts. 
•^ Fraicheur Du /Vlatin. 



each. 



One of the freest flowering of this type; pure white with 
X just a tint of yellow at the base of the petals; good stems, extra good for 
' , cutting. 50 els. tach. 

■/ Hortulanus Budde. Very free-flowering, rich rosy-scarlet. 
/ 50 cts. each. 

' Ladysmith, Very large violet-rose colored flowers, distinct 
^ and pleasing. 75 cts. each. 

Mafeking. .V disti;ict new color, fawn delicately suflTused 
' with rose. 75 cl<. each. 
Mondscheibe. Exceptionally large pure golden-yellow flowers 

with exceptionally long, stiff stems. A valuable cut flower. 

$1.00 each. 




The above 12 new varieties can be supplied only in growing plants, which will be ready about April 15ili 
each of the collection for $7.50- 



P.EONY-FLOWEREn DaHLIA. 

Geisha. Offered on opposite page. 
•^Mrs. Violet Beamish. .-\. gracefully arranged flower of a heau- 
\ tiful Under shade of heliotrope with silvery reflex. 75 cts. 
each. 

Propaganda. A splendid flower, primrose-yellow with rosy- 
/ salmon suffusion. 50 cts. each. 

Sultan. Very dark crimson, yet bright and attractive. Petals 
broad and nicely formed; very free. 50 cts. each. 

We will supply one 




P/EONY-FLOWERED DaHLIA 

Andrew Carnegie. 
Offered on opposite page. 



DREER SPECIALTIES for 1914 

Dahlias are but one of our many specialties, and everyone 
interested in horticulture should have a copy of our Garden 
Book or general catalogue, in which we offer a complete line 
ol Seeds, Plants and Bulbs, including the following specialties: 

FA^iois a:*iericais 

ASTERS. 

SUPERB ORCSIIO FLOW- 
ERED SWEET PEAS. 

THE 
CARWIXAE CLIMBER. 
NEW HYBRin 

DEEPHINirMS. 

CANNAS OF SPECIAL 
^ MERIT. 

FINE FERNS. 

PALMS IN 
GREAT \ ARIETV. 

THE W ORLD'S BEST ROSES. 

Everything worth growing in 

HAROV PERENNIALS, 

WATER LILIES, HARDY SHRUBS, 

HARDY CLI3IBERS, Etc., etc. 



SPECIAL DAHLIA CATALOGUE 



27 



Select Paeony-flowered 
DAHLIAS 



Andrew Carnegie. 
Antoine Rivoire. 

shadings. 



A tine, lively rose-pink. 
A brilliant ox-blood red with crimson 



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Bertha von Suttner. Exceptionally large flowers 
of a salmon pink color with yellow suffusion. Plants 
ready April 15th. 35 cts. each. 
i Caecilia. Very large; early in the season, a lemon- 
yellow, but as the season advances, a creamy-white 
with yellow sheen in centre. 50 cts. each. 
Caesar. A splendid canary-yellow. 35 cts. each. 

Chevrefeville. Base of petals yellow, gradually 
passing to apricot and rose, with citron-yellow points. 

Cleopatra. Rich oriental-red, base of ]ietals prim- 
rose yellow. 

Colonel Cody. Deep apricot buff with salmon-pink 
'; shadings. 35 cts. each. 

^ Dr. Peary. One of the darkest, a brilliant reddish-mahogany. 

Plants ready April 15th. 75 cts. each. 
1 Feldberg. A splendid large white. 

Fritzimann. A brilliant geranium-red, and frequently producing flow 
ers which are variously striped and variegated white. 35 cts. each. 

- Geisha. The showiest and most attractive of this type yet in- | 
troduced; of strong growth, with the rich -colored flowers, 
which are frequently over 8 inches in diameter, standing well 
above the foliage. These are original in form, consisting of 
peculiarly twisted and curled petals, of an effective and rich 
combination of scarlet and gold, the centre being yellow, 
which becomes suffused with and deepens to scarlet at the 
centre of the petals, shading off lighter at the edges. 50 cts. 
each. 




PiEONY-FLOWERFD DaHLIA, 

Hampton Court. 



Germania. Brilliant strawberry-red; a very fluffy, artistic 



A very large orange-yellow. 35 cts. 




P/EO!n-.FLOWERED DaHLIA. 

Mannheim. 



flower. 
^ Glory of Groenekan. 

each. 
Hampton Court. One of the best yet introduced; a bold 
flower of good form, of a bright mauve-pink. 35 cts. each. 
Ironmonger. Lavender with white shadings. 35 cts. each. 
King Leopold. Primrose, shading lighter at edges. 
London. Large, bright crimson. Plants ready April 15th. 85 cts. 
each. 

Magnet. Rose, suffused with white. 35 cts. each. 

Mannheim. .Salmon-pink, illuminated with a gylden 
sheen. 

Mme. Curtelin. Very large, fluffy flower of 

rich oriental-red. 50 cts. each. 

Mrs. G. Gordon. A sjilendid large lemon- 
yellow. 

Mrs. J. B. Riding. A brilliant fiery-red, with 
twisted and pointed petals. 

Porcupine. White ground, flushed with sot"t 
rose. 50 cts. each. 

Princess Royal. Yellow overlaid with a rosy 
sheen. S5 cts. each. 

Queen Wilhelmina. Innnense lluitV flower of 
pure white with yellow centre. 
Rev. H. J. Kitchen. Exquisite inauve-pink with 

sulphur-yellow markings. 50 cts. each. 
Riesen Edelweiss. Pure glistening white, frei|iu-iilly 

(1 inches across. 
Yellow Gem. A splendid canary-yellow. Plantsready 
.\pril l.'ith. 50 cts. each. 
Price. Any of the above, except where noted, 25 cts. each; $2.50 per doz. 
Collection of one each of the 29 varieties offered above for $7.50. 



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HENRY A. DREER, PHILADELPHIA. 






New CENTrKY Dahlia 

KoSE-riNK. 




' riaroon Century. Rich maroon, with yeilow disc. 
/Mrs. J. C. Mance. One of the prettiest, very large, well 
rounded flowers ; early in the season it is while slightly 
flushed and tipped with soft rose-pink, later in the season the 
entire flower is a tender rose-pink. 25 els. each. 
Pink Century. Delicate soft pink. 

Rose = Pink Century. Flowers 6 inches and over in diameter, 
of a clear rose -pink color; a strong grower with long stiff 
stems, fine for cutting. 

Scarlet Century. Brilliant scarlet, golden . 

/ disc. 

Spanish Century. Primrose-yellow, striped, 
pencilled and spotted with deep carmine-red. 

J Twentieth Century. Early in the season an ', 
intense rosy-crimson, shading gradually to al- 
most white on the edges and a light halo aroimd V 
the disc. As the season advances the flowers 
become lighter, changing to almost pure white, suffused 
with soft pink. 
/ White Century. Pure white, with large, heavy, 
overlapping petals of good texture. 3") cts. 
each. 
V Wildfire Century. Brilliant cochineal-red with 

orange-scarlet suffusion, habit dwarf and free. 35 cts. each. 

Price. Any of the above, except where noted, 20 cts. each; $2.00 
perdoz.; $l.o.00 per 100. 

Collection of one each of the 16 Varieties for ?3.2.5. 



New Century 

SINGLE DAHLIAS 

These magnificent single varieties are all of 

free-l)ranching habit, flowering early, profusely 

and continuously throughout the season; flowers 

4i to t) inches across on stems 3 feet long, 

and when cut keep in good condition for 

i many days. 

/Anna Long. A beautiful pink with silvery 
/ while sutTusion, one of the best. 

•^^ {^^""^ k^Crimson Century. Rich, deep velvet 

\ crimson, shaded maroon, with rose halo around a 

yellow disc. 

<;■ Eckford Century. A counterpart in single of the 

double fancy variety Lottie Eckford, a pure while 

/ which is spotted and pencilled with crimson. The 

largest of the Century varieties. 50 cts. each. 

^^ ' y Fringed Century. Intense rosy crimson with 

/ lighter markings, fringed or cleft petals. 

Golden Century. A splendid large primrose-yellow. 
v^Hazel Heiter. Bright crimson-carmine with deeper shadings, base of 
petals canary yellow. 
^ '^lack. Brilliant fiery scarlet, the base of the petals overIai<l with golden- 
' yellow; the freest-flowering Dahlia grown. 




New Dahlia 
Wildfire Cfntukv. 



SPECIAL DAHLIA CATALOGUE 



29 



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Duplex Century Dahlias 

These difl'er fiom the regular Century type in having Iwo or more 
rows of petals vvhile still retaining the general appearance and char- 
acteristics of the original type; all of them are 
sjilendid varieties, both for cutting as well as ^ 

for garden decoration; all very free-flowering. C^^ 
Big Chief. Rich crimson, with maroon 

-hadings on margins. 
VCardinal. Very large, rich cardinal-red, 

with broad, reflexed, well-rounded petals. 
Centaure. Brilliant orange-red, shaded 

crimson, of very large size. 
Mme. Heriot. The largest single- flower- 
ing variety in cultivation; flowers frequently 

measure 6.1 inches in diameter, of a pure 

glistening white, borne on stout, stiff stems. 

Plants ready April l"th. .50 cts. each. 
Merry Widow. Exceptionally bright, deep 

scarlet flowers of a very large size; effective 

for massing. 
Prairie Fire. A rich poppy-red, very free. 

Nothing equalled this in our fields the past two seasons for a 

mass of brilliant color. 
Sensation. A gorgeous flower, brilliant vermilion-red, 

heavily tipped with white. 
Price. Any of the above, except where noted, 25 cts. each; 

$2.50 per doz. Set of 7 sorts for $1.-50. 




DuPI-IiX CliM l'l<\ l)AHLl/> 

Big Chief. 



Choice Old-fashioned Single Dahlias 



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Blackbird. Black velvety-maroon with a briglit red spot at 
the base of each petal . 

Qaillardia. Golden-yellow with a broad red band around the 
golden disc, resembling Gaillardia Grandiflora. 25 cts. each. 

Gracie. White, delicately suffused with blush and a primrose 
halo around the disc. '2b cts. each. 

Price. Except where noted, 15 cts. each; $1.50 per doz. 
Set of sorts for $1.00. 



Mrs. Bowman. Solferino, a large showy flower. 
St. George. A pretty primrose-yellow. 
Wildfire. Brilliant poppy-scarlet of large size. 




Type of Single Dahlia. 



Duplex Centikv Dahlia, Mkkkv Widow. 



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HENRY A. DREER PHILADELPHIA 



Dreer's Superb Hardy Phloxes. 

AMONG hardy perennial plants no class is of more importance than the Phloxes, succeeding in almost any soil and position, 
and flowering through a long season; and while they will continue in good condition and flower freely for many years with, 
out attention, yet they respond quickly to and are improved by liberal cultivation. For complete list of Hardy Phloxes see 
our Garden Book for 1914. 




Haudy Phlox. 

One each of the above 



DREER'S 

COLLECTION OF "TWELVE BEST" 

HARDY PHLOXES. 

We grow eiich season more than half a million plants of Hardy 
Phloxes in over one hundred varieties, and while all of the sorts 
offered are well worth growing, we realize that the average ama- 
teur only wishes a limited number of sorts, but wants these to be 
the best. It is to meet this want that we offer below what we 
consider to be the best dozen standard sorts, each one of which is 
a strong grower, with immense panicles of large individual blooms, 
pure in color and strictly first-class in every way. 
Antonin Mercie. Light ground color, one-half of each petal 

siilVustd bluish lilac. 
B. Comte. Brilliant rich French purple. 
Bridesmaid. Pure white, with large crimson-carmine eye. 
Geo. A. Strohlein. Bright scarlet, with crimson-red eye. A 

large tlower; color does not bleach in the sun. 
Henry Murger, White, with crimson-carmine centre; a beau- 
tiful variety. 
Le iVlahdi. Deep reddish violet with deeper eye. 
iVime. Paul Dutrie. Delicate lilac-rose in shade like a soft 

pink Orcliicl; llowers very large, borne in immense panicles. 
Mrs. Jenkins. The best white for massing; immense panicles; 

early and free bloomer. 
Pantheon. Uniform bright carmine rose throughout; very 

effective. 
R. P. Struthers. Bright rosy-carmine, with claret-red eye. 
Selma. A pretty, delicate, soft pale rose, with distinct red eye. 
Siebold. An improvement on the popular scarlet "Coqueli- 

cot," brighter in color and a stronger grower. 

Price; Any of the above varieties, 20 cts. each; $2.00 per 
doz.; ?lo.00 per 100. 
Twelve Best" Phloxes for $2.00. 



TWELVE BEAUTIFUL HARDY PHLOXES OF RECENT INTRODUCTION 

The following varieties, all recent introduclions. embrace not only new shades of color, but also form plants of strong, sturdy yet 
compact habit of growth which place them among the most desirable sorts, particularly for massing in large numbers. 



Asia. One of the prettiest in the collection. A delicate shade 
of mauve, with a crimson-carmine eye. 

Elizabeth Campbell. Very bright salmon-pink, with lighter 
shadings and dark red eye; attracts more attention in our 
fields than any other variety; one of the handsomest. 

Europa. A white variety, with a decided crimson-carmine 
eye. The individual flowers and trusses are very large; en- 
tirely distinct; of remarkable sturdy, erect habit. 

Frau Anton Buchner. The finest white yet introduced, hav- 
ing the largest truss and individual flower; dwarf habit. 

Gefion. A new color in Phloxes, a tender peach-blossom pink 
with bright rose eye, flower and truss very large, on erect 
sturdy but compact stems. fiO cts. each; S^S.OO per doz. 

Manzelbrunnen. A bright but soft pink with large white 
eye. 

Rheinlander. A most beautiful salmon-pink with flowers and 
trusses of immense size. The color of the flower is intensified 
by a very decided deep claret-red eye. 50 cts. each; $.5.00 
per doz. 



Rynstrom. .V sjilendid imjirovement in Pantheon; color 
not unlike that of Paul Neyron Rose, fine for massing. 

Tragedle. Deep carmine with blood-red eye. 

W. C. Egan. Oneof the largest- flowered varieties in our col- 
lection, produced in panicles of immense size. The color is a 
delicate lilac illuminated by a large bright .solferino-red eye. 
50 cts. each; $5.00 per doz. 

Wanadis. Entirely distinct, a mottling of white and light 
violet, reminding one of the native Phlox Divaricata Cana- 
densis. The color is intensified by a bright reddish-purple 
eye. A strong grower, producing trusses of immense size. 
nO cts. each; $5.00 per doz. 

Widar. Light reddish violet, with a very large white centre, 
which intensifies and illuminates the color. 



Price, except where noted, 30 cts. each; $3.00 per doz.; $18.00 per 100. 
One each of the twelve sorts for $3.50. 



SELECT ROSES 



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'THE DREER DOZEN" 



Hardy Everbloomingf Hybrid=Tea Roses 



Strong, sturdy two-year-old field-grown plants of the choicest Roses are one of our leading specialties. We do not handle the 
small plants that take a couple of years to produce results. For a complete list of the varieties we handle see our Garden Book 
for 1914. The dozen varieties offered below is our most popular set. 

This collection of twelve Roses embraces only popular, well-tried varieties, the majority of which are familiar to every lover of 
the Rose, and is recommended for general planting to the amateur who wishes to limit the number of varieties and who is desirous 
of a supply of extra choice flowers to cut throughout the summer and fall months 




CAROI.INE 

TESTOITT. 

One of the most popular and val- 
uable bedding varieties; large, full, 
globular flowers of bright, satiny- 
rose, with brighter centre; very free 
and fragrant. 

GRUSS AIV 

TEPLITZ. 

This is a Rose for everybody, 
succeeding under the most ordinary 
conditions. In color it is of the 
richest scarlet, shading to a velvety- 
crimson; very fragrant, a free, strong 
grower and nr bloom all th; time. 

JONKHEER 
J. I^. MOCK. 

Although introduced only 
four years ago, this beauti- 
ful Rose has quickly found 
its place amang our best 
bedding , varieties. The 
flowers, which are pro- 
duced with the greatest % 
freedom on long,3tifT stems, 
are of large size and of per- 
fect form, of a deep imperial -pink, the 
outside of the petals silvery rose- white; 
highly perfumed. 

KAISERIN AUGUSTA 
VICTORIA. 

This splendid Rose should be in every 
collection. In color it is a soft pearly- white, tinted with just 
enough lemon in the centre to relieve the white; remarkably 
fragrant, beautifully formed flowers on long, graceful stems; a 
strong, free, healthy grower, with bold, handsome foliage. 

KII.I.ARNEY. 

This is, perhaps, the best known of Dickson's famous Irish 
Hybrid-Tea Roses, and is one of the most popular of our garden 
Roses, and also one of the leading varieties for winter cutflowers. 
It is perfectly hardy; Iti growth it is strong and robust, and as 
free-flowering as any Rose we know. In color it is a sparkling 
brilliant pink; the blooms are large, the buds long and pointed, 
the petals very large and of great substance, and just as hand- 
some in the full-blown flower as in the bud form. (See cut.) 

KONIGIN CAROEA. 

This variety frequently produces flowers seven inches across 
and perfect in form, both in bud and when fully expanded. In 
color a beautiful satiny-rose, with the reverse of the petals sil- 
very rose; very floriferous and desirable in every way. 





Hybrid-Tea Rose 

KiLLARNEY. 



EADY ASHTO^I'N. 

One of the free flowering varieties 
in the collection, and pioduces perfect 
blooms under all weather conditions. 
The flowers are large, double, with 
high-pointed centre, and are produced 
on long st-ems; splendid for cutting; in 
color a soft rose, shading to yellow at 
the base of the petals. 

MI^IE. JUEES 
GROEE^. 



One of the best; a 
beautiful satiny china rose 
color, very bright and at- 
tractive flowers of good 
size, very double, of fine 
form and remarkably free- 
flowering; a v'istinct and 
pretty Rose, whuh should 
be planted extensively. 

Mm^. EEON 
PAIN. 

Entirely distinct in 
color, a silvery salmon, 
with deeper orange-yel- 
low, shaded centre, the 
reverse of the petals being 
a salmony-pink; flowers 
large, full and well 
formed; very free-flower- 
ing. 



MME. RAVARY\ 

Should be in every collection on account of its distinct color, 
which is of a rich, deep nankeen-yellow, becoming lighter as 
the flower expands. The flowers are of splendid form, full, 
double and very fragrant. 

PRINCE DE BUEGARIE. 

Large, full, double flowers of splendid form, of a silvery flesh 
color, deepening to the centre, and delicately shaded with 
salmon-rose, a color combination that pleases everyone. 

VISCOUNTESS FOEKESTONE. 

One of the first Hybrid-Teas introduced, and still the best of 
its color, which is a creamy ]iink, shading deeper at the centre, 
large, full and very free. 



Price: .\ny of the above in strong two-year-old ]i!ants, .")0 cts. each; Ji.'xOO per doz. ; $40,00 per 100. 
One each of the "DREER DOZEN," a fine collection, for $5.00. 



NOTE. — All Roses are supplied in strong tw^o-year-old plants. 



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HENRY A. DREER, PHILADELPHIA 




Dreer's Superb 
Late Branching Asters. 

Our seed of this superb strain has been grown under out 
personal supervision, and cannot be excelled for quality. 

The plants form strong, br anching bushes, 2 to 2!, feet high, 
bearing on long, strong stems their handsome Chtysanthemum- 
like flowers, which, under ordinary cultivation, average 5 
inches across. They come into blot m from two to three weeks 
after the average type, usually being at their best during Sep- 
tember, and, all things considered, are tiie most valuable of 
all Asters, either for cutting or for bedding. 

PER PEH 
14 OZ. PKT. 

14ol Azure^blue. A deep rich lavender 60 10 

145'2 Deep Crimson. Rich and glowing 60 10 

l"i:". Deep Rose. Distinct and fine 60 10 

.4')"iPale Lavender. Exquisite greyish-blue 60 10 

1 4')ti Deep Purple. A rich royal shade.. 60 10 

I ^'iT Rose = pink. .A. lovely shade; very popular. .. . 60 10 

I it')l Shell = pink. Soft and dainty 60 10 

nr.7 Pure White. Perfect in its purity 60 10 

lli'.'.l Collection. .\ packet each of the 8 colors ... . 60 

1470 Finest Mixed. All the colors mixed -',0 10 




0\E of the most essential p^irts of tlie coun!i\ p'...l;: .uid .-u'.jurbau Iuhikj i, :i l.-avIuW) m.i ;c a:;i -■- -- -., — 'i. No trouble 
should be spared in its making, as much of the future results depends upon the start or foundation ot the lawn, which, if 
correctly made, can easily be kept in perfect condition for years. In seeding for lawn-making, care should be taken that 
a well-balanced mixture of grasses is used, one composed of such varieties as will blend together well and also ripen successively, 
thus securing a healthy and beautiful color throughout the summer. The lawns at the Alaska=Yukon=Pacific Exposition, 
held during the summer of 1909, were made with "Dreer Lawn Grass," and we were awarded a Uold Medal for same. 
Many other prizes have been awarded us for Grass Seeds, including a Gold Medal by the Pan=American Exposition, held 
at Buffalo, N. Y., in 1901; but what is most satisfactory to us is the fact that they always give satisfactory results to our cus- 
tomers wherever sown. 



THE DREER LAWN GRASS. 

This is by far the best mixture of grasses offered for the pur- 
pose of quickly producing a permanent lawn. It is prepared 
from our own formula, and is a careful blending of varieties 
adapted to producing the thick growth and velvety appearance 
so much sought after. Each variety of grass in its composition 
is there for a special purpose; some for making strong, fibrous 
roots, which take hold u|ion the soil and keep the turf in place, 
others of a creeping nature quickly fili up any bare spots which 
may be caused by the taller sorts dying down; varieties which 
are useful for their color value, and also kinds that are able to 
withstand the beating down of excessive rains. 

Whether you want to seed a small grass plot in your yard, or 
a lawn of more pretentious size, you shoulcl use this grass mix- 
ture. For the convenience of customers, we put the seed up 
in various-size packages, from the single quart, which is suffi- 
cient to cover 300 square feet of ground, to such quantities as 
are required' for seeding large lawns, where from five to six 
bushels of seed to the acre are required. Per qt., 30 cts., post- 
paid. By express or freight: Qt., 25 cts.; 4 qts., 75 cts. ; pk., 
$1.25; bu. (20 lbs.), $5.00. 

DREER'S "EVERGREEN" LAWN GRASS. 

This special mixture produces beautiful and permanent lawns. 
It is made from our own formula, and composed of grasses which 
are adapted for the purpose of producing turf which retains its 
rich, green color and velvety appearance throughout the entire 
summer and fall. In making up this brand we are careful to 
use seed that has been thoroughly re-cleaned, the light seed and 
chaff having been blown out. Per qt., 25 cts., postpaid. P>y 
express or freight: Qt., 20 cts.; 4 qts., 65 cts.; pk., $1.00; 
bu. (20 lbs.), $4.00. 

DREER'S FAIRMOUNT PARK LAWN 
GRASS. 

This mixture is well suited for various soil conditions, giving 
good results even in small city grass plots, where the soil is 
generally stiff and heavy. It is also valuable for use on em- 
bankments, terraces and exposed lawns; also for renovating old 
worn-out lawns and re-seeding bare places. Per qt., 20 cts., 
postpaid. By express or freight: Qt., 15 cts.; 4 qts., 55 cts.; 
pk., 90 cts. ; bu. (20 lbs.), $3.50. 



DREER'S SHADY PLACE GRASS. 

Usually it is quite difficult to obtain a sati.'.factory growth of 
grass under trees, and in shady places; for sowing in such places 
we recommend this special mixture. It will quickly produce an 
abundant and even growth. The grasses used in making this 
special mixture are only those that are well adapted for growing 
in shade. Per qt., 30 cts., postpaid. By express or freight: 
Qt., 25 cts.; 4 qts., 75 cts.; pk., $1.25; bu. (20 lbs.), $5.00. 

DREER'S TERRACE GRASS. 

A mixture of grasses which makes thick lurf and strong roots, 
which hold the soil in place and prevent washing. It will do 
well on any good soil and makes a fine appearance. Per qt., 
30 cts., postpaid. By express or freight: Qt., 25 cts.; 4 qts., 
75 cts.; pk., $1.25; bu. (20 lbs,), $5.00. 

DREER'S SEASHORE LAWN GRASS. 

A rich green lawn is desirable at the seashore, but unless the 
correct mixture of grasses and clover are used, the result will be 
disappointing. Our Seashore Lawn Grass is composed of strong 
rooted varieties which quickly produce a good turf. Per qt., 30 
cts., postpaid. By express or freight: Qt., 25 cts.; 4 qts., 75 
cts.; pk., $1.25; bu. (20 lbs.), $.5'!00. 

DREER'S PUTTING GREEN GRASS. 

A careful study of the requirements for making the most sub- 
stantial turf for Putting Greens developed the mixture herewith 
offered by us for this [jurpose. It has given thorough satisfac- 
tion wherever used, and produces a thick, tough, beautiful green 
turf. The varieties comprising this mixture are all the finest- 
bladed, low-growing and most hardy kinds, and will maintain 
their rich, velvety green color througlinut the season. Per qt., 
35 cts., postpaid. By express or freiaht: Qt., 30 cts.; 4 qts., 
$1.00; pk., $1.75; bu. (25 lbs.), $7.00. 

DREER'S GOLF LINKS GRASS MIXTURE. 

Made from our own formula with the oliject o( jiroducing a 
turf which will stand rough usage. For Tennis Courts, Cricket 
Tables, Golf Links, Polo Grounds, or wherever a good sward is 
wanted, this seed will give perfect satisfaction. Per qt., 20 cts., 
postpaid. By express or freight; Qt., 15 cts.; 4 qts. , 50 cts. ; 
pk., 75 cts.; bu. (15 lbs.), $;?.00. 



Dreer's Special Grass Seed Circular 



is mailed free of charge to any who are interested. Tells 
how to make and care for the lawn. Write for a copy. 




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